Sunday, February 28, 2010

Walk by faith, not by sight....

I was finally able to take a Sunday evening off (even if it was because of the super bowl). We decided that we would have church at 4P super bowl Sunday so everyone could be home in time for kickoff.

While everyone was watching the super bowl and trying to bust the halftime-low-tide-myth I decided that it would be a great night to finally relax and watch a movie at the theater (if you are from anywhere south of I-40 it is pronounced theee-ate-er). If you know me, this is something I rarely have time to do, so I always try to pick a movie where at the end everyone dies in a nuclear holocaust. So this movie pick was no different than all of the other movies that I choose to watch. So, off to the movie house we went already having chose to watch The Book of Eli.

The Book of Eli is the story of a man on a journey across our country side after a near apocalyptic event has left most of the people and landscape destroyed. The man is Eli (Denzel Washington), or at least that is what we seem to discover well into the movie. He is a man of mystery, a man of few words, but armed with a shotgun, and a blade; he is a deadly weapon. He is similar to Clint Eastwood’s nameless strangers from the old westerns.

This is a very complex film about Faith and Humanity. It is so thought provoking, with so many lessons in it, that I can't wait for it to come out on blue ray so I can see it again. I truly believe all should see it at least once! One would be hard-pressed to walk away feeling anything but introspective. At one point, the main character turns to his friend and states, "I have been so focused on the task at hand that I forgot the main point was to treat others as I would want to be treated." What a thought, I believe, do unto others as you would have them do to you. If we treated everyday as a celebration of love, this world would be an even more incredible place to reside!

"Walk by faith, not by sight."- Denzel Washington, The Book of Eli

And this has to be one of my favorite lines of the movie. I, myself, need to paint this on a wall, so often I forget the importance of faith and am so easily distracted by all that is going on around me. I need to stay focused on what is important, I need to walk more by faith! All the time I waste with worry and anxiety, I was reminded today that the worry and stress does nothing to change the end result, it only makes it a more difficult journey (see Matthew 6:27)!

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentines Day

Every 2nd Sunday we all get together for a church lunch. This month was a little bit different. Our awesome youth cooked the adults lunch and even served us all. It was a wonderful time for fellowship as always.