April 17, 2005 by Isaac Hovet
I have asked the question before:
What am I supposed to be in this life?
During the last couple of days I have found some deep answers.
NUMBER ONE (UNO)
If you haven’t seen Finding Neverland you should. You must. I urge you in view of God’s mercy to offer your 329 pennies to your local Blockbuster, holy and pure (wash the pennies first) in exchange for 106 minutes that may change your life.
I thought that I may just write a review about this movie, but I won’t do that. For me it was not watching a movie. It was listening to God talk to me. God shared with me that I am to be the very best father that I can be. I am to be what I have always dreamnt and thought that I am supposed to be. I am going to ramble a bit, but please bear with me.
I have always loved to dream, to hope and to imagine. When I have pictured myself as a father I always have seen myself opening up my kid’s imagination. To walk in their fantasies with them, to instill excitement for all of life and to encourage their little minds to learn to see beyond being an adult. I have always longed for them to love every part of life. Not as an adult does, but as a kid would. I don’t want them to appreciate a Toyota Camry because it is a functional, affordable car, but I want them to see it as the carriage that takes them to the places where their dreams come true. Ball games. Ballets. New parks. New Hiking Trails. Special Dates. Unique adventures. Let their life be filled with imagination.
NUMBER TWO (DOS)
I married a couple this weekend. I felt so comfortable. It went good. I didn’t suck. I wasn’t nervous. I wasn’t out of place. Even though I sometimes question what I am presently doing, I find myself doing what I have always dreamed doing. Not marrying people, but leading from the front. Taking people where they can’t go on their own. Teaching, guiding and loving people through all aspects of life. I have felt the same when I presided over the 2 memorial services that I have done.
I am grateful for some amount of clarity.
NUMBER THREE (TRES)
Jerry Cook spoke at our church this weekend. Boy, oh boy was it good. It was the best message that I have ever heard live. No kidding. People like that can talk for days . . . him going long wouldn’t ever upset me.
Here is a quote (a teaser if you will) from his message:
For many, many generations [people in the church] saw the people outside its doors as the enemy and divided their world into us and them and set about to set the world straight. Don’t do that. Because when you act that way there’s no God to back you because God didn’t act that way. You can’t do that in his name because he never did that. You can’t do “in my name” what I’ve never done. That is why it is always destructive.
Jerry affirmed a lot of what we are trying to accomplish at “The Bridge.” I am so grateful.
All said and done I feel like God spoke loudly to me all weekend.