Your Life: The Book, or The Movie?

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

I was glancing through the Times of Israel recently and saw an article about a member of the Knesset who has received death threats. I could tell you about it, or you could just watch the fitfty-two second “Quick Watch” video clip.

The New York Times also has quite a few videos. Theirs tend to be longer, like this one about how blind rats can be trained to … well, why should I take the time to tell you? Just watch the video!

My two older children’s generation – my eldest is 40 and his sister is soon 39 – are part of the video culture. We had video cassette recorders and VCR’s. Movies were not only watched at home; they were rather easily made at home.

My grandchildren are beginning their lives in the smart phone age, with “Vine”, with cameras that reverse direction and built-in flash bulbs right in the phone. We won’t need to read about it; we can just watch it on TV. The only problem is that the screen – IMAX or Smart Phone – can so easily look more like a caricature than the truth. (I never thought Charlton Heston’s rendering of Moses bringing the Ten Commandments to the people of Israel quite did the text justice, but that’s just me …)

All the world is a stage and all the men and women merely players … Perhaps. So today, write a fresh script for yourself, something with a touch of drama, a chase scene, a dash of the heroic, and don’t forget the comedy. And before you pause to take the “selfie” or post the six second vine clip, maybe just drop the camera and be a doer of the word rather than a poser.

A blessed Tuesday to you!

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.