Christmas flick #4

21 Dec

Home Alone

Gotta love it.  Must see.  Total classic.  Wish I’d been that smart as a kid.

I first saw this film as a teenager, and what I love about it is that it really made me stop and think what would happen to me if mom and dad weren’t there?  My experience with family has been that it’s a love/hate thing…can’t live with ’em…can’t shoot ’em.  Just kidding.  But sometimes it feels that way.  I love that right smack dab in the middle of a highly entertaining popcorn flick you find a fabulous message.  “Be careful what you wish for.”

Once upon a time, I had a job at a church.  At staff meeting one day, one of the pastors there said something that changed my life forever.  He summed up Proverbs 14:4: “No ox, no poop in the barn.”  We need ox to pull the plow, to make a living and prosper.  But if you want ox to pull a plow and make you prosper, you’ve gotta be willing to clean up the poop in the barn.  Translation:  People are the oxen.  Either we live a life with love and the poop of life that always has to be cleaned up, or we live a life without love and a sparkling clean barn.

Kevin gets so mad at his family he’s forgotten that they offer more than just the poop of life.  And a couple of days of experiencing life totally on his own opens his eyes to a whole new perspective.  What a great refresher for world-weary families to watch at Christmas time.

So when Great Aunt Hilda starts getting to you folks, all you’ve gotta do is repeat to yourself, “No ox, no poop.  Hooray for poop!”

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