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Jennifer

I love this:
Hansen says, "I think the main idea I went into it with was the folly of imagining you must have some huge ‘special’ purpose from God — and waiting for that, not letting your life begin — while ignoring all the little things God calls you to do every day, like caring for your family and the people who live around you, like the homeless guy who approaches Brian."

I do think people miss a lot of what is right in front of them. People wait for that big life-altering moment when all they really have to do is change their focus and they'd see that it was there all the time.

Nice post on an interesting story.

Jennifer

One more thought. This popped into my head while thinking about how we miss the signs while waiting for signs. My grandmother was a religious woman who had very bad feet. My mother set up an appointment with the new podiatrist who had just moved to town and he recommended a new surgery that he specialized in. My grandmother couldn't decide. She waited and waited and my mother finally asked her what she was waiting for. She replied that she was waiting for a sign from God. My mother asked her if it ever occured to her that the new podiatrist moving to town with a new surgery might be the sign she was waiting for... I don't know why the podiatrist moved to town. It could have been God, it could have been lower taxes, who knows, but in focusing so hard on that special sign from God, my grandmother almost missed the opportunity that was right in front of her and that was indeed the answer to her prayers.

Chrys

You're right, Chris. We all have to live productive lives in the present, no matter what our goals might be. "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans" (John Lennon). Some of us might be fortunate enough to realize our calling and purpose in life. If not, the goal is to find satisfaction and contentment in our everyday lives.

Your movie sounds really interesting. I'd love to get the chance to see it one day.

Chuck

I'm one of the lucky people who has seen Chris's film, and Lance offers a really nice review of it. I like that Lance emphasizes Brian's lack of attention towards others as he narcissistically focuses on his own search for his higher calling. And the film is pretty darn funny, too, in a napoleon Dynamite kind of way.

blue girl

I live to shine in the minutia of which my daily life consists.

But that doesn't mean I'm still not waiting for something big to happen.

Adorable Girlfriend

Jennifer's comments, with all due respect, are begging the question I've always wondered. When Mother Theresa was dying, did the lepers come by now and again and bless her feet? It's one of the many questions on AG's mind.

Chris

Chrys, your comments are really where the film is coming from -- you have a life to live, and people to care for. I think I used a homeless person in the movie (he appears several times, in the background, as well as talking with the main character on one occasion) was to highlight Brian's ignorance of his TRUE mission as a believer -- to care for the sick and the needy (not to mention his own family).

A simple message, but one that people somehow miss in our world these days...

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