Thursday, January 17, 2008

Meet the Robinsons! (Keep Moving Forward!)

I just have to tell you all about this movie,
in case you didn't see it yet.
I don't know if it was timing, or just me,
or maybe one of those grace-filled moments ,
where God reaches out and touches you ,
when are aren't expecting it.
You're just licking your wounds and moving forward.

Last week when I posted about the Goodness of God,
I mentioned a situation that was very painful,
and it was painful in an already raw spot.
It had to do with my son and the Praise & Worship Team he is on as a whole.
They were at a state of transition and those times
often come disguised as strife,
and can be mistaken for something less than what is truly going on.
I know I was fooled!
I was one HOT MAMA!
& I do not mean in the Victoria's Secret way, Ya'll!

So, the next day, we took time to watch this movie,
which we had both been looking forward to seeing for a quite a while.
Meet the Robinsons! God bless Walt Disney!
We watched it again this morning,
just because I wanted to see if I would see the seem good points,
and I have to say, I found more today! Weird!
Anyway, I don't want to spoil the movie,
but the big theme is that you learn from your failures,
more than you do from your successes!
There is a line that you will become familiar with,
Keep Moving Forward.
And, it encompasses not only moving past failure,
and taking the next step forward,
but there is also a key element that comes in late,
relating to chosing to forgive, and let it go and (of course)
move forward!
Now, don't get me wrong, it IS just a fun movie,
you can totally just enjoy watching it (we did!)
But, if you ever wanted to watch a movie,
which illustrated these points, this is it!
"I do not consider, brethren,
that I have captured and made it my own [yet];
but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]:
forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal
to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize
to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward."
Philippians 3:13-14
To top it off, later that day, while my son went about his school work,
I stopped over to Sharon's at Sit With Me a While,
She had a whole inspirational post about the SAME THING!
Oh, yeah! btw, that thing with my son & the whole team?
Not only was forgiveness on all sides the next time they all saw each other (Sunday Morning),
but the little children kept asking them to play more music, play more music, they did not want to stop worshipping and praising!
This past Tuesday night at practice,
there were so many good things going on,
it was clear to see that God IS at Work!
It's a good thing we decided to Keep Moving Forward!


Heidi @ GGIP said...

We rented that movie a couple months ago and we so surprised how hilarious it was. It really lifted our spirits and it is fun to be surprised like that too.

Mel's World said...

I love it when God uses so many things all at the same time to show us a point...don't you?

I am glad to hear it all worked out...and, by the way, I haven't seen the movie, but now I really can't wait!


Cecily R said...

We have this movie and LOVE it!!! It's one that makes us all laugh and has a great message. Loved your thought processes about it...

Renee's Reading Corner said...

We rented the movie a couple of weeks ago and it was great. After the movie, we had a great family discussion about "never giving up" and "letting go of anger". It was pretty neat.

Regina said...

We have had this movie since it came out on DVD and we have watched it numerous times, and LOVE it!
You are so right about the messages in it. Keep Moving Forward!

freetofly said...

Heidi, it's a fun find, huh?

Mel, yup! I sure do! Thanks bunches! It's funny! Ya'll will have fun!

Cecily, coolness! Thanks bunches & enjoy the giggles!

Renee, that's really neat!

Regina, So good to hear from you! Thanks! It was certainly the right message for us at the right time!

Have a great rest of your week, Ya'll!

Leann said...

We just saw this one this past weekend and LOVED IT!!!!! I am so glad you did, too... :)

Sharon said...

Great points!
We saw this a few weeks ago. Of course I slept through most of it so I just saw snatches here and there.
But I do remember the main gist of the movie.
Forgetting what is behind. What a big behind I had to get rid of--God is still working it off me. Ha Ha!
Sorry I had to go there.

I'll go over to Mel's and see what you were talking about in your comment.

luvmy4sons said...

Thanks for the tip. Always looking for a nice movie. And thanks again for the hope of your post! So glad all worked out well with your son!

freetofly said...

Hi there Leann! Thanks!

Sharon! Ha! You are too funny! Speaking of that, hubby & I were dueling on the tread mills last night! Phew!

Hey, Leslie! Yes! God is SOOO faithful! Thanks!

Happy Friday, Ya'll!

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