I’ve recently been learning as much as possible about the media industry, particularly the film industry. God has shown me so much that is possible with regards to the power we have to change lives with movies.
Here are some lessons I’ve kept at heart:
Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me
Go in the Way
Know the Truth
Live the Life
These are the essential keys to reaching the Father through Jesus. It’s not only in, through, with and by prayer; but also (literally) making it part of our everyday lives!
Why do you do what you do? The Why question is often a very difficult (and less thought about) question to answer. I believe it may be because:
If you don’t think different, you won’t do anything different. This is not a cliché! Try doing something different everyday. Even if it’s one thing.
Go home using a different route, even if it takes longer. Eat something you normally wouldn’t eat and are not allergic to. Call or text an acquaintance at least 3 times a week for a month. Anything. No matter how big or small. Write a small bucket list and do everything on it. Then make it bigger and bigger.
Who we are
Behaviour– this references our specific actions
Attitude– the repeated behaviour patterns
Values– the source of ethics (actions that accompany our moral beliefs)
Beliefs– chosen truth
Spirit– revelation of truth
When we think about how we live our lives you discover that we live what we believe and that (in one way or another) our beliefs are the influence of someone else’s beliefs. Looking at it that way, it’s almost like living someone else’s life whilst making it our own. That’s not what’s actually happening but it just appears that way. For me my life motto is:
See what no one else sees
Be the best at whatever you do
My favourite thing to say is Everything comes down to desire. It’s what life (more often than not) is all about. Where did I get these beliefs? Did I form them out of something else I believed, which may have come down from what someone else believed? If I combined two beliefs from different people and created a new one, can I really say it’s my own?
I just love thought-provoking questions. It’s not to say that there is anything wrong if the answer to the above questions is yes. The purpose of them is to look into your own beliefs and put yourself in a position where you can answer the Why question.
So when you watch movies and you hear characters say things like:
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Gandalf in Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring.
Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.” President Snow in Hunger Games
A miracle is what seems impossible but happens anyways: Griffin in Men In Black 3
You will be in a position to decide not only whether or not these are truths you choose to make your own; but also whether or not you choose to acknowledge them as truths.
In the movie industry we call this the theme: a lesson that applies to the development of the character, and also something we can apply to our own lives.
A message is something that only applies to the character and the plot for the movie, simply because we cannot apply it in our lives. For example:
With great power comes great responsibility: From Spiderman 1
As we live our lives we are to think about the very things we choose to believe, as the writers for the movies we see suggest how we should live our lives (both directly and indirectly) by creating characters that stand by their beliefs. They are very easy to spot. It just takes a trained ear.
To change a person’s behaviour, change their core beliefs. Our behaviour is the result or product of our beliefs. If someone is doing something wrong, like stealing, it is only because it is what they perceive to be moral. To change their behaviour, change their perception of morality regarding that action. It is very simple (it’s not complicated), but it is not very easy.
Integrity- comes from the word to integrate your beliefs and values which will influence your behaviour. This comes from the inside out, and it is consistent. As I said before you (ultimately) do what you believe.
Character-is the strength with which we hold on to the truth.
Growth and Change
You will want to continue to grow, no matter what you do. At some point we all resist change. The thing is growth is impossible without change. It comes from the inside out
Let’s take a look at Romans 3:1-3
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us (NLT)
It references 2 things: the way we are to think (v2) and change (v3). It’s all from the inside out.
You don’t know the way until you walk in it. He (Jesus) is the beginning and the end of our faith. We give up if we don’t know where the end is. That fact is a reference to vision. In a sense it serves as your destination so that even when you find yourself in a detour, you will still know exactly where to go.