Mark Edmondson's January faith column


      Blockbuster movies are a must-see for many. These films become enormous hits with the public. Capable of sustaining their popularity for weeks at a time, they rake in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office.

     "Jaws" was the first true blockbuster movie. People got up early and stood in line for hours, just for the chance to see it.

     Movies, however, don’t need a blockbuster reputation for people to enjoy them. In fact, people view all types of movies. Regrettably, though, some films prove so boring, or tasteless, that audiences will stop watching them halfway through.

     What if someone made a movie of your life? Could you bear to watch it? Would you want others seeing it? As in Hollywood, where movie critics abound, take a moment to critique yourself. What word best describes your movie: "Comedy," "Romance," "Fantasy," "Disaster"?

     What would its title be: "Gifted," "Courageous," "Loser," "Forbidden"?

     Is the movie of your life one that people would line up for blocks to see, or would they get up and leave in the middle of it?

     People tend to be more reflective as they age. They look back on their lives and see things they wish they could change or do differently.

     This happened to Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, creators of at least ten of the biggest blockbuster movies ever, who voiced disappointment with the way some of their original films turned out.

     The financing and technology necessary to make "Close Encounters" and "Star Wars" the kind of movies they fully envisioned weren’t available to them at the time. 

     So, what did they do? Years later, they "re-made" the films. They put in added scenes and punched up the special effects where lacking.

     We all wish we could change something. We are never completely satisfied with how our lives have gone.

     Jesus said change is possible. To accomplish this, however, He said that one "must be born again." Born again of God’s Spirit by receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord. By giving Him the lead role and first billing in the movie of our lives. 

     His enduring presence on the set is key to enhancing the quality of our earthly existence, and assures us of a lengthy sequel in eternity.

     In God’s eyes, a star isn’t so much born as it is re-born. A star re-born is the person who lives his life to please the one Audience that really counts.

- Mark Edmondson writes a monthly faith column for The Neosho Daily News.