God on Film: The Incredibles 2

On July 1, we begin a new worship series called “God on Film.”

Movies capture our imaginations and our attention. Therefore, it seems appropriate to take advantage of a couple of the 2018 blockbuster films this summer to illustrate some Biblical teachings in our July worship series. Because it’s a Family Sunday, the family film, Incredibles 2 will be our opener. This movie provides some hilarious yet realistic insights into family life and dynamics. Watch the official trailer here if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

Our families – biological, adopted, contrived, or chosen – impact us for life. Meeting the basic survival needs of children can be demanding enough, but parents also influence how their children turn out in terms of their personality, emotional development, behavioral habits, spirituality, and well, almost everything! No pressure! Who knew? Not me.

How can we gain confidence in parenting? “Every night before I get my one hour of sleep, I have the same thought: ‘Well, that’s a wrap on another day of acting like I know what I’m doing.’ I wish I were exaggerating, but I’m not. Most of the time, I feel entirely unqualified to be a parent. I call these times being awake.” Comedian Jim Gaffigan, who said that, understood that understanding you need help is the first step in getting it! “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

When my eldest reached middle school, I knew I was in trouble. She came home on the first day of sixth grade needing a new wardrobe and news of the first school dance. I thought my influence was over and peer pressure was going to take over. I went straight to the Lord in a heartfelt, soul-searching prayer to help me parent, to promise that He would always watch over her as I realized I could not, and to assure me that my child belonged to Him. Then I proceeded to include all my children while I was at it. Did you know the Lord very quietly said to me, “they’re Mine.” I was flooded with relief because everything is possible with God. (Matt. 19:26)

In reality, no one has complete control of another’s life, much less your own. The point is not to control your life but to learn to live in each situation knowing who you are, a child of God. Each trial, tribulation, and celebration gives us the opportunity to mature. As a parent, it was more important to connect my child to the One who knows her best and can truly speak to her heart. Your children and grandchildren are watching you and modeling you. In 2 Timothy 1:1-14, you can read about Timothy’s faith which was passed down by a parent and a grandparent.

This Sunday, I want to discuss the most important source of Power that will keep you grounded. This Power does not change with circumstances. It will help you parent or grandparent and it will help you deal with all that life has to throw at you.

Brenda Smith
Deacon and Director of Family Ministry
brenda@pvumc.org
602-840-8360, ext 141

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