I caught another great movie last weekend and it moved me to write yet another blog from the ideas that were spun deep within myself. I took a group of youth to see “The Soloist” staring Jamie Fox. The movie centers around a homeless man who plays the Cello. The youth that went with me all play a string instrument and I thought they might enjoy it. I played the cello in school and majored in music education, so this movie was right up my alley as well.
The movie was not exactly what I was expecting it to be, but, it was still a great movie. I recommend that you go see it. I had seen a movie called August Rush last year and really enjoyed it. When I saw the preview for The Soloist I thought it might be along the same lines as that movie, but it wasn’t. The Soloist will “wow” you with great music and instruments, but the bigger part of the story is not the music, it is the relationship that forms between the 2 main characters. Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr) a well known Newspaper Columnist chooses to write a story about Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx) a homeless man who plays a 2 string violin quite well. After watching the movie the following thoughts came to mind.
Relationships, a part of life. Just as much as Food, Water, Air, and Shelter are a basic needs in life, I think that there should be a 5th category added; relationships. Relationships can be simple or complex thing. Take a look at your friendships and you will see the different levels of friendships you have with your friends. Some require little to no work, while others need a lot of TLC. There is a under-lying rule with relationships, the more you put into them the more you will get out of them. This is true with any relationship, husband and wife, parent and children, friend to friend. This is even true with our relationship with God, more on this later.
Being a friend as well as having a friend. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can get rather selffish with my relationships. The two-way street of friendships becomes a one-way street of what have you done for me? I think that this feeling a natural one because of our introspective view of life. We have to make that effort to break out of that mentality and still “give” as much as we want to “get.”
What do we give in relationships, here are a few things that you can start with. I remember going to a student ministry conference years ago and a session leader shared something so simply, yet profound for student ministry. The big questions teens wants to known in life were; First, Will I be accepted by others? and second, Will I be loved by others. Both of these questions center around relationships with others. I’m also willing to bet that as those teens get older the same 2 questions follow us into adulthood as well. On a side note, acceptance does not mean you have to agree with someone to accept them as a person. You can have friendships with different opinions about many things. The degree at which you agree on things in life will help you become closer, but are not totally necessary for friendships.
I think back to the story of David and Jonathan in the Bible. These two were great friends even though they came from different families and life styles. They gave each other things as a sign of their friendships. They didn’t let a disgruntled family come in the way of their friendship either. Later in life after David was King he looked after the son on Jonathan and always welcomed him into the kings palace and at his dinner table. You can read more on the story of Jonathan and David in 1 Samuel chapters 18-20.
Well the last relationship I’ll mention before I end this Blog, soon to be novel, is a relationship with Jesus. My faith is about a relationship with Christ, it’s not a religion. I hope that anyone reading this blog would know God desires to have a relationship with you too. If you could sum up the Bible in a paragraph, it would be that God created us to have a relationship with Him, sin entered the world and messed that relationship up. God sent His Son to the earth to live and give His life as a atoning sacrifice for payment of our sins. If we choose to accept that gift from God as payment for our sins and we repent, place our trust in Jesus, and surrender our life to Him ,we too, can have a relationship with God that will make all other relationships in life pale in comparison. If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus please contact me and let’s talk. This is only a a short blog and I cannot go into enough details right now.