"You lived in this world without God and without hope." ... Ephesians 2:12
Oh for Pete's sake...
Ever wondered what's the most depressing movie at Netflix? Last night Tom and I found it. It's called Homeless (originally called No Place Like Home).
The apartment burned down of a young family (parents, two children, 5 and 10-ish) who apparently had no friends (how do parents of two children have no friends?), only a very uptight brother/in-law, his wife and his mother with whom they stayed after they could no longer afford a motel. That lasted about four seconds until the brothers got into a huge fight (over old, old issues) and so the family left in a huff and lived in the brother's car.
Everything--mostly due to pride--careens downhill from there and the family ends up with nothing. God is not mentioned once (unless I missed it while feeding the cats). And the movie closed just the way Tom predicted it would--this family had no prospects, no hope and a written blurb came at the end saying this is the plight of millions.
Obviously, a movie created by that generation out there who believes Life contains no happy endings and neither should movies.
Gah. And we wonder why suicide is more rampant than ever before. Go spreading that type of hopelessness and what do we expect?
As Christians, it's up to us to spread hope! And help and aid and light and encouragement. It's up to us to live as good examples that, yes! God does take care of His kids as a good father should.
And of course I realize that bad things can happen to good Christians even after we've made wise decisions and lived rightly. But even there, we're not to allow pride to lead us by the neck, making things worse. We're to continue to live in humility, unafraid, not allowing fear to negate our prayers. Our responsibility is to do what we can and believe that God will do what we cannot.
The Bible says only the people in this world without God are without hope. What saddens me? When we as Christians are the ones losing hope. When we're the ones stepping into the things-will-just-keep-getting-worse-for-me ruts beside Life's road and we stay there, sliding in the mud of despair.
Always, God has something better for His children. Hope, wisdom, courage, provision, hope, peace, joy and did I mention hope? God is the God of hope and of all comfort. May we always live as though we believe that.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." ... Romans 15:13
"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." ... Proverbs 16:18
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." ... 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
At least this hopeless movie renewed Tom's and my gratefulness for what we have. Also, it reaffirmed our belief that our next house should be large enough to take in people who'll find themselves in need during the financial crisis heading this way. Big-time confirmation.
Ha! While looking-up a link for this movie, I found a documentary called Homeless, Not Hopeless. Now, not even having seen it, at least that one sounds better.