Tuesday, July 22, 2008

discontentment (part 2)

The other song that really stood out to me on the Prince Caspian soundtrack was This Is Home by Switchfoot. I call this Peter's song. When the movie starts, Peter is discontent with his life, demanding respect he doesn't necessarily deserve from the other boys. He remembers being High King in Narnia. As soon as he is back in Narnia, he wants to be king again, which causes most of the issues between he and Caspian. Peter's problem was not only pride, but an unwillingness to accept life as it is. He need to realize that Narnia wasn't coming back; England is home.

Created for a place I've never known
This is home

Now im finally where I belong, where I belong

Yah this is home,
I've been searching for a place of my own,

Now I found it, maybe this is home

Yes this is home

By the end of the movie, all this has dawned on Peter. He realizes he has to go back to England. He never has to forget Narnia, but he must adjust and take what he's learned in Narnia and apply to his life at home.

And now, after all my searching
After all my questions

I'm going to call it home

I got a brand new mind set

I can finally see the sunset

I'm gonna call it home

Life may not be perfect here, but, for now, this is home. It is where God has placed me and I need to be content with that.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." - Heb 13:5

So many times I get discontent. I want to soar up into the future and make something of myself. Or, I wish I could return to the past, "back to how it was." Of course, all that can't happen. I have to live in today. I have to be thankful for each day God has given me to be a witness for him.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. - Col 5: 15 - 17

Sunday, July 20, 2008

discontentment (part 1)

We just got back from camp. On the way home, we were listening to the songs on our Prince Caspian CD that come on while the credits roll. The credits songs... I don't know what you call them... Anyhow, due to the influence of CFC awesomeness, a couple of smart brains in our car, and the lateness of the hour, I learned several things about the songs' hidden meanings and how I can apply them to my life.

The Call by Regina Spektor is the perfect the-end-the-event song. I loved it at the end of the movie, at the end of nationals, and at the end of camp. And, yes, it still makes me cry sometimes. It is such a lovely song. When I first heard it, I thought they were saying "no need to say goodbye" to Narnia. I always thought it was kind of ironic that they played this song about how "you'll come back" when Susan is kissing Caspian, never to see him again. Finally I've solved the mystery of "coming back," although Peter and Susan are leaving for good. This song is not about Narnia: it is about Susan. Just imagine that geeky boy who likes Susan is singing this song...

Just because everything’s changing
Doesn’t mean it’s never been this way before
All you can do is try to know who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Narnia is this magical place, kind of like camp, where everything is wonderful. There are difficulties, but it's not real life. At the beginning of the movie, Susan was just getting adjusted to the world when she is taken back to Narnia. Now she has to go through that adjustment all over: things are changing. If Susan was a little wiser, she'd realize she needs to stick to the friends she does have in England, like her family and even a geeky boy with a scarf, instead of kissing dreams. Life is difficult and you can't escape it. Friends help to easy the difficulties of continuous "war" here on earth.

If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! -Ecc 4:10

Interpreting this song in a different light reminded me just how important friends are. When times are difficult, there's no reason why I need to keep all my troubles and worries inside me. God has not only provided me with amazing friends, but he has also sent his son down to earth to understand everything we're going through. What a friend we have in Jesus!

Now we’re back to the beginning
It’s just a feeling and no one knows yet
But just because they can’t feel it too
Doesn’t mean that you have to forget

Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
’Til they’re before your eyes
You’ll come back
When they call you
No need to say goodbye

Yes, I agree, this song really is about memories and how you have to never let them go. However I think it's reasonable to extend that message. I need to embrace the friendships I do have in this life. I'm not going to survive the real world without them. Friendships are forever, and even if I leave camp, I have to stick to my friends. Anyway, there is no need to say goodbye. Heaven is just around the corner.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."
{and hope does not put us to shame}