Friday, February 25, 2011

Tonight after supper, Carter and I had some father/son time by watching a movie I had never watched. He had an assignment for school to put advertisements into one of five categories so the students would begin to see how advertisements grab us and tempt us to buy their products. It was a good time of connecting, but the movie became a topic of conversation as well. The movie was entitled “Hancock” and was a story about a super human who was always drunk and rescued people, but also did all kinds of damage in the process. He wasn’t well liked and had 866 warrants for his arrest. He finally turned himself in through the influence of a marketing wannabee and began to change his perspective of the damage he had caused in jail.  He turned his life around and began to save lives and endere the hearts of people to him.

Carter made a comment about wanting to be a super hero to help people, which got me to thinking why we are so enamored by shows like “Batman” and “Superman” and “Ironman.” I think there is a secret thought in us of wanting someone super to come and rid the planet of evil. So we go to these movies in the droves hoping someday that our rescuer will come.

This brings me to a passage in the bible that I was reminded about of super heroes. It is the story of Gideon in Judges 6-8. Gideon initially had 32,000 men to fight the Midianites with 120,000 warriors. God told Gideon that it was too many men, for when He gave them victory, they would think it was their own power that got the victory. So God said all who were fearful leave and 22,000 left leaving only 10,000. God said it was still too many and so those who lapped water like a dog (300) were the ones that God would use to destroy the Midianite troops.

What I see here is that God didn’t create super heroes on this earth because He wanted us to look to Him as our Power Source, our Defender, our Victor, our Savior. Isn’t it interesting that our world hungers for a super hero to come and yet He is here if only we would open our eyes and trust Him to do his work.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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