As a family we share regular movie nights. The movies are varied, and at times the choice in itself can be a challenge especially with how greatly our tastes vary! With myself currently being the only female in the home, my genre is often outnumbered, as it was on this particular night.
I am very thankful though, as it was because of the choice I did not make, that I was reminded of a very important lesson, and to my surprise I enjoyed the action and underlying concept.
The movie was entitled Green Lantern, a typical comic hero action film with idealistic concepts and an enjoyable family movie. Going along with the story line and enjoying the near predictable ending– the happy ending type – I was surprisingly struck by one particular line.
I’m a Green Lantern. I fear nothing. Fear is the enemy of will. Will is what makes you take action. Fear is what stops you and makes you weak.
I have often heard the phrase, ‘Where there is a will there is a way.’ But never really given much thought to the incredible power there can be behind our Will.
Throughout the movie the strength of the Green Lantern’s will was challenged and put to great testing, and as he progressed through what seemed like never ending battles he found new strength as he gave more credit to how necessary it was to control his thoughts.
I saw this moment as a wake up call for myself, and how guilty I can be of allowing non-beneficial thoughts to, not only walk slowly through my mind, but at times allowing them to ‘make camp’ there! Oh how foolish! Oh yea, I have also noticed that these thoughts need very little food, yet even with small amounts of feeding, they grow so quickly!
The Green Lantern demonstrated the human side of how frustrating, time consuming and how wearying can be the continual fighting off of negative thoughts, but the greatest power was how he demonstrated full control of his thoughts, thus bringing victory, not only to him but also to all who he was representing.
For me the movie The Green Lantern is a very clear display of what God has called me to do, providing the instruction in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5. casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6. and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Strongholds are my thoughts, my imagination, mind-set, attitude or outlook, and are very real and create within me a spiritual conflict. The writer of Corinthians (Paul) encourages how my obedience to God provides me with the power and strength, in God, to overcome.
And so I remind myself to:
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” (Source Unknown)
I look forward to achieving victory, being a Green Lantern in my world 🙂