19 May Perfect Harmony
Read Romans 15:1-6 (NLT)
Thought for the Day: God wants us to live in harmony with each other!
In the movie Big, we meet Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old stuck in a fully grown body. While the film presents itself as a silly (or even farcical) comedy, true fans know it as a modern-day parable about growing up. Josh Baskin reminds us that while the years before we are ‘big’ are incredibly confusing, we need to enjoy each stage of our lives as everything (including the time before we are ‘big’) is temporary. Of course, this is best seen in Big’s most iconic scene when Josh encounters his boss’s boss’s boss in a toy store…
Josh and Mr. McMillan (owner of the fictional McMillan Toy Company) approach a giant ‘walking piano’. Immediately, Josh can’t contain his genuine excitement and starts experimenting with the giant toy. He begins playing “Heart And Soul” by himself while a crowd starts to gather. While initially hesitant, McMillan joins in and the two perform what has become one of the most iconic duets in all of cinema. They play together in perfect harmony.
On the surface, Josh and Mr. McMillan have little in common. But, a giant piano allows artificially- aged Josh and young-at-heart Mr. McMillan to find themselves on common ground in a positive shared experience. As Christians, we can learn much from their duet. While our society sorts people into categories and focuses on everything that separates us, Christians are asked to live in harmony through our faith in Christ. Instead of letting unimportant things divide us, we can unite around our shared love of Jesus, remembering the words of the Apostle Paul:
“May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” As Christians, let’s learn to live in harmony!
Pastors Stan and David