Friday, January 16, 2009

history maker

My brother was watching Smallville last night and I couldn’t help but get sucked in as well. I wonder what our fascination is with those who are more than human. Why we are obsessed with those who seem immortal and are invincible? In the episode I watched, a creature named Brainiac had taken over Chloe Sullivan’s body and was attempting to drain the world of its knowledge. Clark had visitors from the future who were part of a group called the Legion and were sent to stop Brainiac. After the good guys thwart the bad guys’ plans, the Legion prepares to leave. They tell Clark what an honor it is to actually meet the person they’ve only heard about since they’re from the future. They go back to their time and the final scene is Clark and Lana talking. He tells her, “It’s strange to meet people who know exactly where you’re going and how you’re going to get there.” Lana concludes he means he’s not sure if he can live up to what is supposedly written about him in the future. She tells him, “Our destiny is not written in some book in the future. We write it ourselves, everyday.” Though I disagree with this last statement in that God has a plan for us and has written it in His book (Psalms 139:16), it also serves to make a point. If we already knew what we would accomplish and do in the future, what’s the point? Part of life is the fact that each day is a surprise and a chance to make of it whatever we choose.

I think we all want to make a mark on our corner of the world if not the entire world. We all want to make sure we’re not soon forgotten. It can be hard to live up to others unrealistic expectations but it can also be just as hard to prove others wrong who may think we’re capable of accomplishing nothing. According to Ephesians 3:20: “We are capable, with God's power in us, to accomplish infinitely more than we could ever dare to hope or imagine.”

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