You would not believe the number of times I have come up with an excellent sermon illustration from the Lord of the Rings and eventually scrapped it. There’s so much to mine from that story and its characters, but a) very few people would get it, and b) you all would get so, so tired of it so, so very fast.
I am a huge Lord of the Rings nerd. I’ve read the books, watched the movies, and then I reread the books and re-watched the movies… and then, well, the tense of the verb changed: I read the books, and I watch the movies. They have become an ongoing part of my life now, a feature of the present moment.
It’s an interesting phenomenon, when something makes that transition from done to doing. There are so many things we do that we file away under “done” almost immediately after we finish them. What does it take for something to make that jump into our daily thoughts and routines? To become part of our frame of reference?
Impact. Lord of the Rings impacted me in a profound way. It made sense to me on the deepest level. It provided analogies to help me better understand myself and my circumstances. I also found it highly and endlessly entertaining.
If they aren’t already, let’s make it a point to see that the things of God and of Christ by the Spirit are present in our hearts and minds. They ought to make the deepest impact on us of anything else we encounter our whole lives long.
In Christ, Pastor Bradley