Tuesday, April 30

Life With God Comes First: If Tomorrow Never Comes

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10)

My favorite movie of all time is Groundhog Day. It’s a perfect meditation on morality and redemption—and it’s hilarious to boot. My wife graciously watches it with me every February 2. If you’re not familiar with it, Phil Connors, a self-centered weatherman from Pittsburgh gets stuck working the Groundhog Day festival in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He hates the town. He hates the people. He can’t wait to go back home but a blizzard forces them to stay another night. When he wakes up the next day, he realizes he’s living that same day—Groundhog Day—over and over again. He can’t escape the cycle, and some people have estimated that he spent decades of time stuck in this endless loop.

I’m going to spoil it but it’s a 25-year-old movie, so…you had your chance. He doesn’t get to move on to February 3 until he realizes that life isn’t about what you get from it but what you put into it. At first he helps people only for his own gains—but then just because they need help. Every day he saves the same kid who falls out of the same tree—“You never thank me!” He studies art and poetry for their own sake. He’s transformed.

Hopefully we won’t need a Groundhog Day experience to learn the meaning of our lives as Christian: A life to the full, pouring into others in Jesus’ name.

Question: What could God be trying to teach you from a challenge you’re currently facing? Talk about that with him.

Family Discussion: If you have teenagers, this film is entirely appropriate to watch together. Then use it to spark a discussion. “How would you react if you had to live the same day over and over? What made Phil change how he approached the situation? In what ways does he become more like Jesus?”