My daughter first warned me about the movie Gravity. She claimed that floating uncontrollably in weightless is one of her greatest fears. Guess that it is probably time to cancel that family reunion on Tranquility Base for 2050.
The Gravity dvd will release at the end of February and I will watch it over and over again. While a fictional movie, it speaks to the value of resilience.
Sandra Bullock offers an Oscar-worthy performance as Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. She is out on a spacewalk with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky played by George Clooney. That’s all pretty much commonly known about the film… Now here comes a best effort to comment on the movie without offering any spoilers.
In the early stages of the movie, Kowalsky is a non-stop charming chattering sort of guy, easily a familiar role for Cooney. Even after crisis hits, he remains calm, cool, and chatting.
As the movie moves along you come to appreciate how much the experienced Kowalsky ends up serving as a recurring voice in the head of Dr. Ryan Stone. From hurdle to hurdle of overcoming an overwhelming crisis (that gave my 22 year old daughter nightmares), Stone benefits from having Kowalsky’s chatter in her head.
And that is how we help young people grow into a resilient (or sticky) faith. We provide voices in their head…. But if you think that voice is your own, get over yourself because your situation is not addressing the same gravity of crisis as found in the movie nor are you stuck in the isolation of space.)
Here are the voices to nurture in the heads of young people:
> The Voice of the Lord: We must introduce young people to the voice of the Good Shepherd. In times of challenge, we must aspire to ensure that it is HIS voice, HIS teachings and stories, HIS witness that they will recall over our own.
> The Voice of their Parents: They will most certainly hear this voice throughout the remainder of their lives but will that voice echo that of the Lord.Iif we acknowledge that parents have such a strong voice, how can we fail to partner and serve them in this ministry?
> The Voice of Others: Our voice is so limited and can only truly be heard by just some and not many. Perhaps we need to follow the example of Moses in Numbers 11 and share the spirit of the Lord with many other adults and youth peers so that their own voices might join in chorus with that of the Good Shepherd’s.
Paul, in First Corinthians, insists that If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! But, we should be reminded…. If necessary, use words.