Monday, August 22, 2011

Movie Quote Monday-Karate Kid

Today’s Feature: The Karate Kid, 2010

Memorable Quote: Mr. Han-“Being still and doing nothing are two very different things”

Biblical Connection: Psalm 46:10 “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

In the movie The Karate Kid, Mr. Han has agreed to teach a young American boy named Dre, Chinese Kung Fu. As part of the training, Mr. Han takes Dre to the Chinese temple. At this temple are Kung Fu masters. They spend all their time studying the art of Kung Fu. One of them gets Dre’s attention because she is charming a snake. It is a dangerous snake, but it seems to be completely under the spell of the Kung Fu Master. Dre begins to question why she is able to do this. He wants to know what she is doing, so he can do the same. Mr. Han explains that she isn’t really “doing” anything. It is only by being calm, still and moving slowly that she is able to get the snake to mimic her movements. She guides the snake with an inner power that is only available by being still.

Dre doesn’t understand.
It is then that Mr. Han says today’s quote.

Contrary to what we think, we don’t always have to be doing something. in order to take action. We live in a “get moving and get it done now world.” Not too many people move slowly anymore. However, the Bible says we should “cease striving”.  This goes against our nature and the culture we live in today. We want action. We want to rush forward, arms flailing, feet running, doing everything we can to handle a situation. We think the only way to get things done is to do it ourselves, as quickly as possible. But God says we shouldn’t move fast. We should stay calm, quiet and move forward slowly. God doesn’t shout at us the way the world does. If we want to hear Him we will have to be still and quiet. Constant action doesn't leave room for hearing from God.
In the same way that the Kung Fu master is able to guide the snake, listening to God guides us.

Slow and steady, calm and still.

As we allow Him to guide us, we will begin to mimic Him within our lives.
When we mimic Him, our lives become full of God honoring action instead of just action.

 Application Steps:
Are you too busy doing and instead of listening?
In what areas do you need to “cease striving?”

For Further Reading: Mark 4:39, Psalm 23:2, Psalm 107:30, Ecclesiastes 9:17 


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