Over the next few days I want to share some of my favourite movie moments with you.
Favourite? Let me rephrase that.
“Favourite” doesn’t cut it, because I also use that word to describe fifty-one flavours of ice cream or the coolest t-shirt in my closet. My favourite movie moments are better than that. They’ve jumped me with almost violent epiphanies that un-dragoned my heart with merciless talons of truth; the proverbial toothpaste was out of the tube and there was no putting the sticky stuff back.
Sure, I could sling some pithy buckshot from The Terminator, like “I’ll be back.” Or T2: “Hasta La Vista, baby.” Or maybe a forgotten oldie from Cobra, one of Stallone’s vapid, pre-botox flicks: A terrorist with a bomb strapped to his body was going ballistic in a supermarket until Sly showed up wearing cool shades to face him down. “I’ll blow this place sky high,” the baddie threatens, to which our hero replies, “Go ahead. I don’t shop here.”
But those are just laugh out loud moments, not real favourites.
Here’s favorite #1.
The Matrix: Spoon Boy
You can watch the Spoon Boy clip here, if you’re interested.
On his first cryptic visit to the Oracle in The Matrix, Neo steps into an apartment full of children doing “impossible” things. One boy seems to be using his mind to bend a spoon like it’s made of rubber. The little master notices Neo standing there and takes him to school.
Spoon Boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon Boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon Boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
Spoon Boy Theology
Caveat: I don’t believe in telekinesis or relative truth.
I do, however, believe many of my life problems are like that spoon. I cast blame and ascribe power to all kinds of people and external forces, when in reality the real problem lies with my perception. A good number of my problems are magically “solved” when my attitude changes, for example. Or I see an obstacle in front of me and waste all kinds of sweat and tears trying to move the mountain when the real mountain sits untouched in my mind in the guise of an unhelpful opinion.
As a Pastor, I’m in the spoon bending business—life change, I mean. The problem is, I can’t change anyone’s life. Only God can. The more I focus on changing lives—bending spoons—the fewer lives and spoons change. The more I let God change and bend me, the more he is able to work miracles in and through me.
When Adam and Eve sinned, they pointed to spoons. The serpent made me. That stupid tree is the problem. The woman you gave me totally caved. The wind took it. The sun was in my eyes.
God sighed, I know he did.
Because the only real spoon that needed tweaking was inside them, in their hearts. And the only thing more exciting than changing the world is allowing God to change me.
Hey, I’d love to hear about one of your favourite movie moments.
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