This was a Christmas gift The Lad received years ago. Well, fine. Did he/we/anyone ever play it? I think he and Our Marta probably started playing it one time but shortly after ended up just watching the clips. They loved doing that. Our Marta’s last full length movie she ever watched was The Lion King at the drive-in and she never got through it. About a third of the way along she chundered up her popcorn and gooey bears over the front seat. Isn’t ‘chundered’ a great word? Thanks, Dictionary.com! Now she only watches Netflix in 30 minute increments. This DVD includes famous clips from famous movies starring famous humans. Some are, “I’ll be back“, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat“, “These go to eleven“, “Yo, Adrian“, “Stella! Hey, Stella!“, “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too“, “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli” and many, many more. It’s like a greatest hits version of Hollywood. Who wants to sit through credits or character development and chitter-chatter that does nothing but separate me from exciting car chases, blow-’em-ups and steamy woo-hoos? Not me. And not you either. Most people know the Bible’s more famous excerpts like the creation, Moses dividing the Red Sea, Jesus being born and everybody’s favorite line, “Judge not, lest ye be judged” (Matthew 7:1). People whip that out after you’ve said,”Maybe that’s not such a good idea”. Or they say, “Only God can judge me!”. OK, but Biblically sound advice never hurts, ya know? But they know little about other stories in the Bible. This excerpt from Kings tells about King Rehoboam and how he turned away from mature, older advisors and tossed his lot in with the younger, less experienced generation of thinkers.
1 Kings 12:6-8 Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” And they said to him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.
How did it turn out for King Rehoboam? Not so well. The king hardened the yoke against God’s people and eventually they ran him out on a rail. They also stoned one of his advisors. To dead. You might not like taking advice from some people but it doesn’t cost anything and you can still do what you want afterwards. Keep in mind, however, that your friend might see your situation from an angle you hadn’t considered. A minute of patience may save you from a lifetime of regret.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.