‘About Time’ currently showing in cinemas turned out to be an enjoyable watch. It did live up to its synopsis and then some of-course:
The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life—so he decides to make his world a better place… by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
Yes Tim, played by Domhnall Gleeson, did manage to change a whole load of events in his life trying to bring some to his own understanding of perfection.
As we left the screening area my colleague said to me wouldn’t it be nice if we could go back and change the things that didn’t pan out to our taste and I naturally smiled in agreement.
On the way home I pondered the question. What would it be like to have the ability to go back and change the things we didn’t like?
My thinking is that initially it would be nice, new things always have a novelty about them. But gradually the shiny new toy will begin to wear and I reckon it will ultimately become tedious.
We’d be expected to live perfect lives; there would be no excuse not to. If a strand of hair was out of place in that photo we took yesterday we’d have to go back and correct it. 99% in your test! Back you go my friend for that is well below acceptable.
Where would it end? It wouldn’t.
We’d effectively be playing God and when humans begin to play God… well you’re guess is as good as mine with regards to the catastrophes that will occur.
IMHO (in my humble opinion) the dynamics of playing God are best left to God, the Almighty has the capability, the mind-set, the wherewithal, the strength and ability to not just play God but to be God because He is God.
It’s nice for the movies to remind us every once in a while what it would be like to play God. I remember the film ‘Oh, God!’ which came out in 1977. Whenever Jerry Landers, a supermarket assistant manager, said Oh, God! ‘God’ played by George Burns showed up.
If I recall correctly it was a nice film, you should watch it one of these days.
When it comes to real life however, I believe we should learn from our past, learn from our mistakes, not to make them again. And learn from the good bits and how to better them in future. Learn from the past but not dwell on it because in real life we can’t change it no matter how much we would like to.
Each day is like a brand new egg. At the crack of dawn the chicken pocks its head out of the shell wondering what the next twenty-four hours are going to bring. The chicken is dependent on his mother to lead him and guide him, to show him where food is and what he has to do to get it.
Our Father, our heavenly Father is no different. He has already made provision for us. I doubt if the hen worries if there will be food for her chicks and she can have a lot of them in one go. No she just goes scavenging and genuinely expects to find food every single time. Guess that’s why the Bible says we should look at the birds of the air, they never go hungry (Matthew 6:26).
The past matters for lessons learned, but the present is a gift from God and the future is our endowment.
The Father is holding out His hand willing us to grab hold of it and walk with Him into our glorious futures. Faith is a powerful resource, when we place ours in the hands of the creator of the universe nothing can stop us. As the song says, ‘ain’t no stopping us now, we’re on the move…’
Changing the past would’ve been nice, but we have a much more important job to do, shaping our future.
Three important elements to shape your future:
You + God + Faith = Success
That is a winning formula, any day, any place, any time. When we have the type of results this formula brings we won’t need to go back and do it over. No we’ll have it sorted, first time round, every time round. 😀
I’m rooting for your present and future success!