This video is poignant, beautiful and packed with truth. Wisely invest 8 minutes of your life and watch it. And if you're a Jesus follower, grab a couple close friends and spend some time wrestling with the questions this modern day parable brings up and its implications on our lives and ministries.
I love this short film. It beautifully portrays our human
tendency to resist that which is mysterious and unpredictable. Only in
worshiping religion do we attempt to reduce the great narrative of God and humanity
to a static, symmetrical cupboard of do’s and don’ts. Why are so many of us
afraid to embrace and celebrate the God-given uniqueness of each person? How
can we possibly think that God’s ultimate goal for us is to look, act, feel,
believe and behave in exactly the same way? Like the young boy portrayed in
this film, we will discover entirely new colors, shapes and dreams for our
lives if only we are courageous enough to step outside the demands and confines
of religious dogma and consider what the book really says about us and its author.
If only we will do this, perhaps we will find ourselves more gracious and loving with those who disagree with us. Perhaps we will find entirely new designs and colors and shapes along
the way, ones that inspire, guide and empower those who don’t know where to
start or who find themselves stuck in a world of black and white. Perhaps we
will find ourselves drawn to the author who believes in us enough to leave so
many pages blank, yet to be written by us, and us alone. Perhaps we all need to rethink the cupboards we have built for ourselves.