Go One Step Further
From the Movie About Time: In a family wherein the men can travel back in time, in their own lives to make things different, better, hopefully not worse:
Dad toasts at Tim’s wedding:
I’d only give one piece of advice to anyone marrying. We’re all quite similar in the end. We all get old and tell the same tales too many times. But try and marry someone kind.
And this, Tim, is a kind man with a good heart.
Dad’s Secret Formula for Happiness:
Part one of the two-part plan, is that I should just get on with ordinary life, living it day by day like anyone else.
Part Two: To live every day a second time,
To live every day, almost exactly the same way, the first time with all the worries and tensions that stop us from noticing how sweet the world can be, but the second time noticing.
Tim’s Step further than Dad’s formula:
The truth is I now don’t travel back at all, not even for the day, I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.
There is much in life that is not even good enough to wonder about.
I watched this movie and in it heard people dear to me chortle at Charlotte’s horrendous treatment of Tim. Then I witnessed the worst thing I have ever seen between a child and a parent; something I’d suspected but now was confirmed.
The Light that shines in through the cracks
But there is the sweet wonder of life each day as the sun rises, even when buried beyond a deep, dark, stormy bank of clouds.
The storm aside, literally just set aside, knowing that every storm provides the light for fabulous photos, I know kindness, and that I am kind.
I know light, and I know I am a child of light.
I know grace, and boy do I know I am a child of grace and grace alone.
I know love so sweet it will heal you, and love so overwhelming it literally will kill you, and love so gracious it unconditionally welcomes you home, and love so pure it is an idea that will fuel peace for generations.
The fuel of days
What will fuel your day?
The Light that brings to light all that was hidden in shame in the darkness?
The light that shines through the cracks of our lives, so that we are not dark inside?
The LIGHT that shines on the fields, waters, trees and farms so that life continues having been fed?
The LighT that guides us out of the darkness, toward the light.
Are you ready to go one step further than others?
Life’s a mixed bag, no matter who you are. Look at Jesus: he was the Son of God, for God’s sake and look how that turned out.