Sunday night my son Evan and I watched the Academy Awards. I have to be honest. I have never in my life sat through the entire event. I’m not even sure if I have ever watched any portion of it “live” before in my life!
But for some reason, Evan turned it on and since I knew he would be heading back to college the next morning, I decided to sit and watch it with him.
We had such a good time!
Evan and I share a very similar sense of humor, so we got such a kick out of so many things that were happening during the night. From the movie star’s clothes to their comments to the way they held their heads…..
Even the hosts were making us laugh.
I know. We were probably not taking the whole event seriously enough.
After all, the manner in which the stars received their little golden figurines and said, “thank you,” made me think that maybe they had just received a Nobel Peace Prize for discovering something that could make this world a better place for generations to come!!
I guess I just kept wondering, “What does God think about this event?” “Does He care?” “Is He impressed?”
From a mere tv-watcher’s perspective, it sure seemed like “anybody” who is “anybody” should have been there.
Wearing the right clothes.
Walking with the right person.
If you watched it, you know just what I’m talking about!
The sad part is that before the program was even over, yahoo was already putting out headlines about mistakes, blunders, poorly-chosen dresses……..
Even the most “impressive” people of this world seem to fall short of “impressing” everyone.
So tonight as I sat here knowing that I leave early in the morning to sub at the high school (oh, please pray for me!), I knew that if I wanted to say anything I’d have to say it tonight……
and my mind wandered to my memories of the Academy Awards and how hard those stars work to impress people who are so easily unimpressed.
Then, of course, I had this urge to see what the Bible says about the word, “impress,” and guess what I found out.
The word “impress” is ONLY in the NIV version of the Bible one time in its root form!!!
And listen to how it is used!
So, as I head to the high school tomorrow, I’m definitely not expecting a red carpet entry!
But I will have this thought in the back of my mind all day,
Not that He calls me to impress even Him……He just calls me and you to share His love with others.
Thankful to have an audience of One! An audience of grace and mercy,
I am a teacher in our church school and have come to your blog often — you have been in my prayers and my heart has often empathized with your pain.
Today, I am writing this from the computer room in our little school while the Spanish Teacher holds class in my classroom. I walked in here frustrated with a few of my kids. Some of their bad attitudes were affecting my own.
Your post brought me up short and made me take some time to be with the Lord Jesus and ask Him to forgive me and to help me live before them in such a way as to “impress” His ways upon them.
So thanks! Thanks for writing and for challenging my heart in this moment! It helped me greatly!
AWESOME! Do you read Beth Moore’s blog? Her daughters and her share a blog and Melissa wrote one in reference to the awards as well…It is cool to see how God’s people are bringing lessons out of the awards…check it out if you haven’t