Friday, July 21, 2006

Superman and Good Enough

(post has been edited to protect personal information - Tams)

... While in Blairmore, Jillian and I also went to see Superman Returns! Overall, I guess it was a good movie. Some parts made me laugh, some made me hold my breath, and some made me groan. I can't say I cried though. I think my favourite line would have to be when Lex said, "This ordinary crystal is a seed, and all it needs is water." and Kitty asks, "like sea monkeys." to which Lex sighs and replies, "Exactly, Kitty. Like seamonkeys." ...
I think the thing that struck me the most about the movie though, had to be when Lois says to Superman, "the world doesn't need a savior." My very first thought was: you are wrong!
But then Superman takes her above the city and asks her what she hears.

"I hear everything," he says, "You wrote that the world doesn't need a savior, but I hear them crying for one everyday."

Now that, my friends, really got me thinking. Isn't it amazing how God can speak to us through secular things. I don't know if it was intentional for there to be a parallel between Jesus and Superman, but after that, I couldn't help but think of it. Superman fights for truth and justice, while our Lord celebrates in the truth. And he says that even though people believe that the world doesn't need a saviour, every day they still seek one. The same is true with Jesus. So many people believe that the world doesn't need Jesus, but so many people rely on Him and His strength every day. So, there you have it; a little undeveloped thought about how Superman can be Jesusified--or Jesus can be Supermanified. Jesus is my Superman.


... I'd like to share something with you. I got this lovely little excerpt from a book I'm reading called, "One Minute Bible For Starters" (page 70, for those of you that have it kicking around!) This book has really been challenging my views on things, and helping me better define me. It's based on the passage Galatians 3:2-5, 10-14 ...

Maybe your dad wasn't quick with an "I love you." Maybe he said the lawn looked pretty good, but that you could have been a lot more careful around the flower bed. Maybe he was fairly pleased with your musical performance, but scolded you being flat in a few places. He may have thought four A's and two B's wasn't too bad. But it could have been better. You could have tried harder. You could have done more. But what you did was never enough.

So getting up ten minutes early three days this week to pray and read your Bible was good. Wasn't it, Father? Oh course, it could have been more like twenty. And every day.

Giving an extra five dollars in your tithe check this week was pertty generous. Right, Father? Or would ten dollars have earned more of a smile?

Listen, you can always do more to return the favor God's given. There's not a person alive who can't deepen his devotion. But child of God, He loves you and accepts you right where you are. And you can't work hard enough to get more. The proof is in His palm.

That's pretty much it for me. Gosh, it's late, and I don't know what else to say. So, goodnight!