Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Overwhelmed in Need of Fulfillment

A few days ago, I made a huge list on my phone, of movies from Family Video that I'd like to see. I've had a tendancy to do this in the past, as I get really excited and enthusiastic about movies and about what I'd like to see. Looking back (as I've done in the past as well), I remember how extremely overwhelming I can get when thinking about so many films at once--and I MEAN so many. I also have to remind myself that I won't be able to (and can't, for various reasons) see every movie there is.

So I decided to delete the lists I made on my phone.

There are connections between this and the book of Mark, chapter eight, verse 36, which says, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" In my recent case, I have to ask myself if I'm giving into films so much that I'm getting lost in them. Here is another case where wisdom and discernment come in. As much as I believe in the influence and enlightenment and entertainment value of films, there needs to continually be a line between reality (the viewer, watching the viewed) and illusion/fantasy (what is being viewed/experienced).

In addition, there needs to be discernment in terms of what brings fulfillment. I, for one, believe that reliance on film alone (or the world, for that matter) does not bring fulfillment.

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