Saturday, March 24, 2007

Some People Just Watch Movies for Fun--Not Me!

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A Spiritual Lesson from the Movie “Cars”


Carrie and Jon were home from college a couple weeks ago. During their visit, they wanted to go to Target and I asked them to purchase the movie “Cars” because I had heard it was cute. Keith and Jon had seen it together last summer but none of the rest of us had seen it.

We sat down to watch it together but, as usual, I was distracted and doing other things. The next morning, Mya insisted on watching the racecars again. I was stuck. We were in our usual morning “apple juice and rocking chair” routine. So, I watched. What a great movie. If you have not seen it, I recommend it because it has a great spiritual message. Let me give you a synopsis.

The movie begins with a self-centered, self-sufficient, know-it-all racecar, named Lightening McQueen, driving in the biggest race of the year. He is so confident in his own abilities that he has fired his pit crew and refuses to have his tires changed throughout the race. He was determined to win the race and didn’t think he needed anyone else to do it. He was a one-man show. Long story short, the top 3 contestants tie and the race is rescheduled in a new location. These 3 contestants are to meet at that location for a final race to determine who really wins.

On the way to the new location, Lightening is accidentally lost in a desert town, Radiator Springs, wrecks Main Street and the courts sentence him to repair the roads. WELL, Lightening is just too good for these hicks and tries everything he can to get out of town. He’s an important racecar but no one knows it. What a blow to his ego! He finally decides the only way out is to fix the road. So, he does but his efforts are shoddy. Main Street is worse than ever. The citizens won’t let him go until they have a properly fixed road.

Who’s got time for these lowly country folk? Certainly not Lightening. He’s important and needs to get to that race but it was not to happen before he learned an important lesson. Lightening spends time in Radiator Springs. He realizes that he needs and loves the people (I mean cars). They become his family. They fall in love with him too and when they realize the big race is coming up, they want to help Lightening win.

You probably guessed that Lightening won the race but you would be wrong. Just as he was to cross the finish line, he turns around to help his friend make it across. What a change in character! This former one-man show came to the realization that no man is an island. We all need each other and need to work together to cross the finish line. The old Lightening would have happily crossed the finish line to win that big race, laughing at all left in his dust. Lightening McQueen won a different kind of race that day. He realized that there are more important things in life than winning something that we think is the all-important prize. He realized he needed his family, friends and those around him. He realized that finishing with your friend at your side was more important than being first.

In the church, there should be no Lightening McQueen’s. At least not the one-man show kind. We are all dependant on one another to finish this race. If our brother falls, we should help him up. If we see someone has a need, we should help out as best we can. Most of all, we need to realize that without one another, the church is really not the church. Just as Lightening blew his tires without his pit crew, we will blow our spiritual lives if we try to be one-man shows. In the church, we are brothers and sisters working toward the common goal, with Jesus Christ as our crew chief.
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Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1 Cor 12 14-26

And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Eph 1:22-23

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 1 Cor 1:18

6 viewers thoughts.:

Anonymous said...

I found the message a good message too.
Colette

GWEN OATSVALL said...

i loved the movie also and felt the same pull about the need to slow down and be ready and available to help those in need. we are all one community and body!!

p.s. i also loved the part where Lightening sees Sally's tattoo !! hee,hee

Jewels of My Heart said...

I too enjoyed the movie... however the next time I see it I will get so much more out of it.
Thanks for sharing
God's Speed
Daleea

nikki said...

I also really loved that movie.

Thanks for the sermon! It's funny cuz it was very similar (minus the movie comparison) to my pastor's sermon at church yesterday morning.
All about putting others first and having a servant's heart!
Thanks for the confirmation girl.

I am givin' you a big, fat "Amen!"

Steffie B. said...

Hey...we made it....thanks for the uplifting post...I hope to post tonight! Miss you....

The Shocks said...

I loved the movie also. I also like the message.