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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mercy Rule

As a family treat in the run up to my impending birthday, we watched the new Kirk Cameron movie tonight. . .Mercy Rule.

It was a good family film with a solid message about what a family's true legacy is, adversity, playing as a team and sticking in there even when things look bleak. . .and even one of our favorite comedians (Tim Hawkins) was in it. Whoo Hoo!  Certainly worth a watch.

There were a lot of great talking points and laughs and worthwhile sub-messages throughout the almost two hour movie, but there was one special little nugget that kind of stood out. . .one line that I really, really liked.  (For a little context, the main character ran a recycling plant):

Crush us up and send us to the mill. . .all you're gonna get back is new stuff.

That just really hit home with me.

Sometimes life feels like it is really grinding us up.  Like the forces of family, finances, jobs, and health are all conspiring to squeeze the very lifebreath out of us.  And the pressures of money issues through to relationship problems can and do take a significant emotional and physical toll.

If we let it.

But just like the main character learns, if you're made of something useful, crushing and melting doesn't destroy you. . .it merely readies you for being made into a new thing.

I like that thought.  Don't you?

(photo courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net and can be found here)

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