You know what’s unusual? Watching your movie action fighter hero in real life turn out to be completely different from the people they play. One man whose surprised me is Harrison Ford. Not only is his story interesting on how he rose to success, but his flat honesty is disarming. But when I say flat, I mean flat because many of his recent appearances from the past 5 years really picture him as emotionally withdrawn. Unusual, as I normally picture him as the action hero fighting bad guys. How could someone so full of life behind a big picture, come across entirely on a personal level? What jar does he keep his creative energy locked up in?
In his most recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon however, I saw some of that movie-star magic crack out of his jar.
Fallon led the audience and him right into the setting of a skit where what looked like to be a medical kit was set out. He had Harrison barbarically pierce his left ear for him just like his! Harrison all of a sudden left his quite, shy, withdrawn persona and took this challenge and had fun with it, cracking a laughter louder then his whip as Indiana Jones- a laughter that hasn’t been heard from him in quite some time on TV.
He was all of a sudden being used for something- engaging in something deeper, & more frightening then a conversation which in doing so took Fallon, who was crying, WAY out of his comfort zone and into his. It was as if once he was given a task and started physically applying himself, he became alive. Fallon has opened his show to let Harrison and other stars be in their element not so he can become cooler (in fact he is placing his coolness on the line), but so they can become brighter!
In a handful of interviews Harrison keenly stated how on set of a movie is where he felt most useful …even more so then he feels at home. He wanted to be where he could be used. He’s attracted to the places where… he can make an impact.
I for one am so flat, so boring, so dead on the outside when I’m placed in an environment that doesn’t allow me to open my jar. What purpose are we HERE for? Have you found it? It’s the worst, most deadening feeling in the world to be surrounded by people who are using their hands in something but you’re lost as to what you can do. You feel like you are not important or valued. But once something genuinely connects and I feed off of some kind of energy, or am able to create energy through creativity- I’m explosive. People see me the best when I’m given room, made useful, & believed in.
I think I just wrote all that to get to one point. The fact is for many of us, very very special people can be put on the back burner and loose their essence in your life when really they deserve utmost value. But how do you give value to that person? That Person for me who I’ve been neglecting is Christ. While I have been struggling and carrying my weights on my own, I haven’t given room for Him to shine brightly. I need to ask myself what is He here for and place Him in reign over my life, handing Him once more everything I try so hard to handle myself so that God won’t be dead in my life but truly alive! Whether it’s been 5 months or 5 years since you’ve heard or felt God do what he truly does, let Him come alive in your life- Let Him be who He is.
- Matt Chandler
I find that when I respond in my most honest state when making decisions, even when my honestly lies on insecurities and doubts, God finds me there & responds to me. God becomes “real” to me when I set aside perfection to get real with Him. Real isn’t always pretty. It’s sometimes the face that looks in the mirror with no makeup covering blemishes. When you take the covers off you find just how personable Jesus is and daring to get in your dirt. He loves you- ever sopersonally.
"May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.”
This is my prayer for you and I today.
May He reign supreme in our lives, captivating our hearts and minds. May His Spirit consume us inside out, may He take control of…
- Mathew McConaughey
- T.D. Jakes
Do you want to walk in faith, be filled with the power of Jesus and be used by him to see hearts changed? Then the Word of our God has to go beyond words, becoming greater than flesh, if we are to walk in faith. We have to allow the Word to have greater substance than the chair we are…
- Mark Driscoll (via littlethingsaboutgod)
I was able to attend church today and I came with a somewhat excited heart to finally worship God in song. I love our church’s worship. The music is loud, the lights are off, and the person next to you can’t hear how terribly off key you are! It’s just a private time between you and the Holy Spirit. Well, when I was crying out to God I felt like for the first time in a long time just saying “I love you.” It’s strange but I haven’t felt connected to God in a long time and saying those words and really meaning them has been something of old. It surprised me how new I love you Jesus felt inside of me, and how refreshing it was. As I began realizing what an effect it had over me releasing I love you’s for Jesus over and over, and realizing it in my heart- I began to cry. And then to make things messier, God doubled my emotions as I closed my eyes and saw a picture of Him eyes shut and laying down on a cross completely marred in blood and thorns. I have not felt God so personal in such a way before. If I was in the back row, I wouldn’t have kept my tears from flowing and my body from trembling- but I held it back as much as I could in utter amazement of how He loves on such a personal level.
Today I got to hear a sermon about Obadiah’s obedience to God who asked him to present himself to Ahab & in doing so God will unleash rain onto a dry, hopeless land. Stop there. Rain? As I was listening to this part in the sermon, I wasn’t overwhelmed. Rain alone is ordinary and natural. Why didn’t God have a delivery truck pull up with food when he has the power to?
Rain was the subtle solution for their largest problem- famine. Can you imagine being hungry for days and days? I can barely stand hours! Rain on its own isn’t anything noteworthy. It’s water falling from the sky. But when there is a DROUGHT and you’re starving- water turns from being subtle to being loud and extremely precious. The perspective on rain changes from ordinary and natural to the extreme of supernaturally redeeming and saving. Wow! Why did God work to change our human perspective…?
It’s amazing how our Father lands us in circumstances that are dry and barren so that our eyes would be opened to what we take for granted. So that simple things become spectacularly alive again. One of the things we take for granted is the simple awareness of Jesus. When we go through the motions, Jesus can become just natural to us. Do we value or relentlessly seek Him like He is our precious rain in an arid land full of people with empty stomachs? Are we hungry for Him yet?
God, I pray that you will wet our appetites for You.
Just as a sun peaks through the skyline in the morning, your original YOU can have just the same effect. It’s hard to love your original self when you see great models around you who you want to be like, who you define beauty on. Find YOU by looking at the Model who came to earth for us to not just watch, but to completely follow in His footsteps. He loves you for you even with humanly mess ups.