Thursday Quote Day: Ernest Hemingway

For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day” here is a quote from author Ernest Hemingway:

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”  (Ernest Hemingway)

What Defines You: Thoughts on Doctor Strange

I finally went and saw Doctor Strange today.  This was a film that I had been looking forward to seeing for a long time.  I’m a fan of the Marvel films and I expected this to be another good one and I wasn’t disappointed.  It was a great film and gave me a lot to think about both as I was watching but also afterwards.

Doctor Strange

I thought I’d share some of my thoughts here (for those that haven’t seen it yet, there’s not really any spoilers here).  The film tells the story of Dr. Stephen Strange, a world famous neurosurgeon.  He is the best and he knows it.  He lives in a penthouse suite in New York City.  He has the best car, best clothes and lives the high life.  For him, his life centers around his practice of medicine.  That all changes when one night he’s in a horrific car accident and is badly injured.  His hands are so badly hurt that he is unable to do neurosurgery ever again.

At this point, Strange is lost.  The thing that he thought defined him as a person was gone.  He viewed himself as first and foremost a doctor and when that was taken away from him he didn’t know what to do.  He then goes on a journey that leads him to Katmandu, Tibet and would eventually lead him to become the Sorcerer Supreme and defend Earth against all magical and mystical threats.

That thought, that question of what defines a person is one that is something that resonates with everyone.  We all look to find what defines us individually.  For some like Stephen Strange, it is through career.  For some it is through a relationship.  For others it may be status.  Whatever it may be, there is a desire to find that thing and point to it as what defines us.  But what happens when something happens to us like what happened to Stephen Strange?  What if someone loses that job?  What if that relationship ends?  What if that thing that we thought defined us isn’t there anymore?

For me I have had to learn that ultimately what defines me is my relationship with Jesus Christ.  First and foremost I’m a follower of Jesus.  Things in my life may come and go but He is constant.  He never changes.  He is always there.  I can trust in Him through thick and thin.

Doctor Strange was a fun action comic book movie.  It was also a good movie in that it makes you think.  Anytime a film can make you think and reflect is a good thing.  And it is good to reflect on who we are and what does define us…or who defines us.

Sunday Devotional: Luke 19:28-35

“And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples,  saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’”  So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them.  And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”  And they said, “The Lord has need of it.”  And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.” (Luke 19:28-35)

On the way to Jerusalem before Jesus was to give His life for our sins, he sends two of His disciples on a mission.  Jesus tells them to go into the village and untie a colt and bring it to Him.  He tells them exactly where the colt will be and even tells them the response to give when the owners asked about what they were doing.  The disciples were faithful and did as they were told and they brought the colt back to Jesus.

This is a part of Jesus’ earthly ministry that kind of gets glossed over because it was what led into the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem by Jesus but it is a great reminder of faithfulness to us.  The two disciples that Jesus sent to get the colt were faithful to go and retrieve the colt.  They were faithful to convey the message that Jesus told them to share with the owners of the colt.  And the owners of the colt were faithful as well.  When the disciples told them “The Lord has need of it.”, they readily and graciously gave them the colt for Jesus to use.  We don’t know the names of these people but we do know of their faithfulness.

This week let us be faithful in serving God.  Let us use our gifts and talents for God’s glory and may we point people to Jesus through it.