The Reel Story: A Lesson On Communication

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My little one absolutely loves movies. She really loves watching Disney princess movies, Pixar animation, and cartoons. She’s a typical four year old! Most mornings she loves to climb in bed with us and watch Mickey Mouse Club-house.  

Well, we sat down to watch a movie the other day and I was excited about this one. This is one of my favorite movies and I was really hoping that she would love it. I love movies and film and wanted to share with her some of my favorites. Side note – I love film so much that I actually taught a class in China called “American Culture through movies,” so that I could teach the Chinese students about Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, and other classics. So, I put in the movie with a lot riding on this. 

So, I don’t want to give away the whole movie, but basically we watched a film where a man’s wife is brutally murdered by a serial killer. Most of his children are hacked to death and eaten (cannibalism at its best) except for one of his sons who is left disfigured and physically disabled. In a twisted turn of events, his disabled son is kidnapped and he has to chase the kidnapper thousands of miles with only the help of a mentally disabled woman. Now, remember, I am watching this movie with my 4 year old and she is absolutely loving it!  

She is laughing, crying when it gets sad, and generally loving this film. She wants to watch it over again right after it finished. Man, I am like dad of the year!  

I was so excited that she loved this movie! Now, Charlotte and I can have something that we can do as father and daughter. Movie nights!  

What was this movie called? 

Oh. It was called “Finding Nemo.” 

So, how many of you were mad at me for showing this film to my daughter? You see, I felt like I was describing this film in complete honesty to each and every one of you. I gave you the main plot lines, the characters, and the basic theme. I wrote clearly and with purpose. 

Yet, somehow, we all probably came to some very different conclusions as to what I was talking about. You mean to say that I can mean one thing and someone else can hear something else?

Yes. Absolutely. 

So, how well do you communicate? Are you telling the world the story of God and Jesus? Are they seeing clearly the message of God? Or, are we communicating something completely different? 

Communicate clearly. Say what you mean. Do what you say. God is good! 

Guest Author: Brandon Edwards

His article was originally posted in the May 2013 issue of Ichthys Magazine.  

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