I’ve been trying to revamp my blog for a while now. My tagline or “theme” is Where Faith and Fiction Collide, but up until this point, I haven’t really tied the two together too well. I’ve been chewing on some ideas for the last few weeks, and it finally dawned on me — I’ll talk about the faith element in movies I’ve watched or books I’ve read. So that’s what I’m going to do. I hope you enjoy!
In my discipleship group last week, someone mentioned the importance of being there for each other. I chimed in that sometimes we have to be there FOR others when they aren’t “there” for themselves.
Sometimes we have to pick up the slack.
Push them on.
Slap them into seeing that they have greatness in them.
Okay, we don’t really slap them. But sometimes our friends or loved ones may need to be strongly encouraged to keep fighting. Not to give up. To see that they are almost there.
While we were talking in my group, a scene from Forrest Gump began to play in my head. Maybe the movie was fresh in my mind because I’d just returned from Monterey, California and eaten at the Bubba Gump Seafood Co.
But anyway…the scene that came to me was the one where Forrest rescues Lieutenant Dan. His legs are blown off, and he wants to be left to die. But Forrest won’t leave him.
Lieutenant Dan is so angry with Forrest for saving him. When they are in the infirmary together and Forrest offers Lieutenant Dan an ice cream cone, Lieutenant Dan yanks him out of the bed and onto the floor. He’s really angry. He wanted to die. He didn’t think he had a purpose in life, and he didn’t want to live out that purpose even if he did have one.
Later, they reconnect, and Lieutenant Dan’s life has gone down the drain. He’s given up. But Forrest puts him to work on his new fishing boat, and despite Dan’s hatefulness, Forrest keeps on believing in him and believing FOR him that his life will get better. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should. If you have, you know that things do indeed get better for Lieutenant Dan.
Sometimes, we have to pick our friends up and carry them over the finish line. All they can see is the fact that they are missing legs. They feel hopeless. They can’t see that things will ever get better. But we know that they can! We can’t promise them prosperity or fame or health, marriage, children or a life without depression, but we can help them see that if they give up, they’ll never know what could be.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 – New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
I’ve had friends who refused to let me wallow in my self-pity, who claimed God’s power and His blessing over my life when I couldn’t believe it for myself. In turn, I’ve done the same thing for many. If we all reach out and do our best to encourage those around us and to pick them up (or drag them across the threshhold), this world will be a better place.
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