Pay It Forward
by Patricia Ouellette
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I watched the movie “Pay It Forward” for the fourth time. It grabbed my heart just as much this time as it did the first time I saw it. I do not think it was meant to be a Christian movie, but somehow it has a message that all Christians and non-Christians should hear. This movie covered so many of the problems people face in day-to-day living all over the world. The real interesting thing that this movie showed me, was that it only takes one decent act to change one person’s life for the good. The second very interesting thing this movie showed was that anyone can do it, no matter how old or what your circumstances. It just takes one person to make the effort for the roller coaster of good deeds and change to occur all over the world.
Now your probably saying, ‘Yeah right! It is just a movie!’ What I am saying is that it is a very good probability. It can happen. It just takes one person to do one decent act of kindness for another human being. A simple concept that most of us finds so hard to do. Think about it, if you do a good deed for someone and they do a good deed for someone else and so on and so forth, and if each of you who read this do the same, how many peoples lives would be touched in a week, a month or a year. You do the math!
Matthew 7:12 is a scripture we have all heard at one time or another in our lives. ‘So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.’ Place this scripture into the concept of the movie ‘Pay It Forward’ and see what a remarkably powerful statement it really is. With this scripture in mind, when you do something earth shatteringly good for someone else, just think of what earth shattering goodness could come your way when you need it most.
In Acts 20:35 “…the words the Lord Jesus himself said: `It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " Jesus gave so much to this world while He was here. He healed the sick and the lame, He feed the multitudes, He performed many miracles for many people, but the most significant thing Jesus gave to mankind was His life. He sacrificed His own life and bore the pain inflicted on Him for us, so that we could be forgiven our trespasses. In this He gave us life. Jesus was the first to instigate the pay it forward concept in every way.
Now I ask, what have we given to mankind? We help people occasionally and often expect something in return. We complain when someone asks for help or is in need. When someone asks us to help financially, we say we can’t afford too. Yes I am guilty of these things just like most people of this world.
Recently in our church, our pastor has been giving a sermon series on ‘Facing the Eye of the Tiger’. Today our pastor hit on the four C’s. They are the Four Steps God Uses To Change Us; Crisis, Commitment, Confession and Co-operation. To use the words of our pastor: When God wants to change us He starts by getting our attention. God uses experiences, problems and crises to get our attention. After God gets our attention with a problem, He doesn’t solve it immediately, He makes us work for that solution, search for the solution or face the eye of the tiger. We will never change until we honestly face and admit our faults, sins, weaknesses and mistakes. Every one of us must eventually come face to face with God. God knows how to bring out the best in our lives. If we let Him, He will use whatever is necessary to accomplish the goal, because He does not want to see us waste our life.
After watching this movie and listening to this sermon, it hit me that this message is not just about us as individuals. It is also about how we can make a difference in this world, together. As the movie showed, ‘IT ONLY TAKES ONE PERSON TO HELP ANOTHER.’ Just as Jesus did as He walked the earth.
Pay It Forward is a very inspiring movie that everyone should watch. It was well presented and the plot is most definitely thought provoking. If one person is changed by this movie, then I would have to say it is a highly successful investment for this world.
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