We’re entering into the film awards season. Exactly how many different awards presentations are there? I have no clue but I know there’s a lot. And they all share the same rituals. There’s the celebrities arriving on the red carpet. The beautiful actresses in their designer gowns. Then you have the tearful acceptance speeches and the suspense as everyone awaits the climactic announcement of best actor, actress, and film.
We know all these awards shows are a great marketing tool for the movie industry but why do we play along? Why are we so mesmerized? What is there about watching handsome actors in tuxedos and beautiful actresses in gowns? With our busy lives, why do we care about what movie is supposedly the “best?”
We go to a movie hoping it satisfactorily entertains us. But more than that, we’re seeking a connection. Movie producers and directors, like all creative people, are hoping their product moves us in some way. The better filmmakers know how to stimulate/manipulate the viewer’s mind and emotions. Their goal is to have us connect with a character or situation in a very personal way so that the viewer thinks, “Yes, I know that feeling. I have felt that, too. I sympathize with that character.”
By making those kind of personal connections, movies fill up our empty souls. But only temporarily. The effect soon wears off and then we’re chasing the next release. And the next. And the next. It’s kind of like being a junkie forever chasing their next high. There’s no ultimate satisfaction. We’re all chasing after happiness and contentment but they won’t be found in a movie theater. Not in the long term. We also chase after books, music, sports, hobbies, sex, drugs, food, careers, religion, etc., hoping to find some lasting contentment and fulfillment but it’s all an endless treadmill to nowhere. Depressing, isn’t it?
Please don’t misunderstand. There’s nothing wrong with some good entertainment, hobbies, sports, etc. There’s just no lasting value there.
But there is lasting happiness and contentment in Jesus Christ. Try Him. He’s the Rock, the Foundation of eternal peace, contentment, and happiness. Every other way is just sinking sand. Here today, gone tomorrow. Accept Christ as your Savior. He offers eternal life, love, joy, peace, contentment, and fulfillment. We all disobey God on a daily basis and deserve eternal judgement. But God loves us so much He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins on the cross. Jesus defeated sin and death when He rose from the grave. He offers eternal life and fellowship with God to all who prayerfully accept Him as their Savior by faith. He’s the Answer to what you’ve been searching for all these years.
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full.” – Proverbs 8: 17-21
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” – Psalm 34:4-8