Have you ever learned something from a movie, TV show, or book that made you look at life differently? It’s what I love about stories. Stories have power. The power to focus our attention on certain aspects of life and come away changed. Then it’s not just entertainment–it has takeaway value. It becomes a lens to see the world around us better.
Maybe it’s just me, but every time I watch or read a good story, I try to find a way to empathize with a character. Put myself in their shoes. (And if I can’t I stop watching/reading.) It’s kinda cool to see what life would be like in a dystopian future like The Hunger Games, or as a modern-day woman who gets swept off her feet by a blast from the past like in Kate & Leopold. (Here’s a link to my previous blog on Kate & Leopold.)
The best part is how I can become part of the story. When I do I learn more about myself. What to do . . . what not to do. And if it’s a great story, it can give us a picture of God’s truth. Those are the best stories for me. They can come from Christian writers, or non-Christian writers. It’s kind of a mystery how it all works. But I believe God uses not only His children, but those who are seeking him as well. (Whether they know it or not. ) Somehow, it’s all a part of His plan.
If you agree with me, and even if you don’t, I hope you can join me on a new journey I’m about to take with this blog. I want to steer it in a new direction. I’ll blog every Tuesday and Thursday about life, faith, and entertainment. I’ll extract nuggets of wisdom in various forms of story-telling. If you’re willing, come back and check out what’s in store. Hope to see you on Thursday.
P.S. If you didn’t have anything better to do and watched Fame on MTV like I did last Saturday, maybe you know what I mean. Doesn’t that movie make you want to go out and chase your dreams? (No, it’s not all copacetic, but the edited TV version is okay.) Here’s a great song from that movie, Try sung by Asher Book. Enjoy.