Jackson Five Friday: Cleaning Up the Mess

Hi Friends,

This morning I was supposed to board a plane for South Florida. Nate, Sam and I were meeting Will there — since he had been on a business trip to NYC (crazy world tidbit: Will’s meeting was in the very building in Manhatten that my new nephew-in-law works in).  Little Will wasn’t part of our plan because he’s on a training trip for his swim team.  Obviously, we didn’t go to Florida and are praying for all those impacted by Hurrucsne Matthew. The numbers in Haiti are horrific — so much loss of life. It’s sobering to think we’ve been able to send people to the moon for nearly fifty years, but remain powerless in the face of a storm. 

Today Sam watched Zootopia.  The movie is about an idealistic young bunny who wants to change the world. She believes she can do anything!  In the end, life teaches her that the world is more complicated than she’d hoped and that everyone has limitations.  But she doesn’t give up. She doesn’t throw in the towel and resign herself to the cynicism so pervasive in her culture. She resolves to recognize limitations and do what she can.  

It’s a good message. We live in a fallen world. But we are not to let ourselves become cynics. The little school, Lorien Wood, that my boys went to in Virginia introduced the Christian worldview by asking a series of questions. Oddly those questions tie in really well with Zootopia.

Question 1: What was God’s intent?  In other words what would perfection look like in that area?  For animals, animated or otherwise, what would Zootopia be like?

Question 2:  Where do we see evidence of The Fall?  Or how is the brokenness of this world manifested in this particular area?

Question 3: Where do you see evidence of redemption?  How is God’s original intent being restored?

Question 4:  What is my role in this redemptive work?

Just like the feisty little bunny from the movie, we should recognize that our redemptive work will not bring about the Garden of Eden — we have limits. Yet that doesn’t mean we do not have important roles to play.  We do!

It’s just like the Bible says — it always is, isn’t it? 

“For we are Godʼs handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

These words of Paul beg two questions: (1) What good works am I specifically created to do? and (2) Am I doing them?

I hope you’ll think and pray about these questions along with me in the coming days. 

I love you,


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