The theme lately, in movies, etc. has been “the one thing” you (or the character) would do anything for. Bad examples abound, I would do anything for money/fame: the Prince from The Princess and The Frog or Coco Before Chanel. Or most frighteningly, I would do anything for the rush/thrill of life or death experience: the central bomb defuser in this year’s Academy nod, The Hurt Locker. Are we really so dissatisfied with daily life? Unless, of course, we’re filming every second of it for money.
The very funny Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s main character will do anything, including throw his best bud under the bus (or at least into a snow bank and break his hand) for popularity. Last night’s reading of The Little Red Caboose included the Red Caboose’s lament about being last. My favorite character in all this is Rowley, the friend of the Diary movie. His mom tells him to be himself and he believes her and prospers happily.
As Christians we believe Jesus is the One. When we believe the lies that what we have and what we do are not enough for a fulfilling life are we really able to live the gospel? When we spend our time and resources worried about what the world is worried about we have little left to give. Each of the above unhappy characters is fundamentally self-centered. I wonder if this isn’t most of the problem with depression, anxiety, stress and general discontent. We can be content only when we trust God’s plans. Not that we stop making future plans but we’re confident that those plans, as well as our current circumstances, are safely in the mind of the God who made us and loves us more than we can know or even imagine. (see Jeremiah 29:11-14)
We know this is true because of Easter. There are many “gods” that promise prosperity, happiness, fame, and all the desires of our wicked hearts. There is only One who fulfills what we truly need, redemption from our sins that we cannot accomplish on our own. At His own expense we are redeemed in this life and assured of perfection in eternity to come. What good news! Blessings.