I would have to say my favorite movie I saw within the past year is Saving Mr. Banks. I’m not a huge movie goer but this one really touched my heart. I also don’t usually become overly emotional when watching movies, but with this one I was definitely all choked up and fighting back the tears. Something in this film resonated with something so deeply inside me and I felt a powerful connection to it (a definite sign of a great movie). If you haven’t yet seen it, I highly recommend it.
Here is a brief synopsis of the film: Walt Disney sets out to fulfill a promise made to his daughters to make a movie of their favorite book, “Mary Poppins,” (unbeknownst to him it would take 20 years to fulfill). In wanting to purchase the rights to make a movie of her book, Walt Disney comes up against the prickly author P. L. Travers who is stubbornly immovable in the storyline, details or recreation of the characters that would be necessary in order to make the book a classical Disney style movie.
Due to a crisis in finances, P. L. Travers decides to meet with Walt Disney to discuss his plans for the adaptation of her story. Walt agrees to let Travers in on the screenwriting process before she would agree to sign over the rites to him. While meeting in Los Angeles, Walt Disney rolls out the Red Carpet treatment for P. L. Travers only to be met with the stubbornness of woman with her mind already made up and unwilling to let go of some of the details of re-writing her story.
Two weeks into the project and with a still unsigned contract, P. L. Travers decides to cancel negotiations and head for home. Walt Disney comes to understand that something much deeper is going on within P. L. Travers. He uncovers that parts of her life story are written with the fictional pages and characters of her whimsical children’s book. The only thing is, she in-essence has changed the trajectory of her life story by re-creating a better story for the characters.
By sharing a personal life story of his own, Walt Disney convinces Travers that letting go of her book would require her to let go of some of the hurt and brokenness of her past and namely to forgive herself for the guilt and torment she has held locked up within for so long. Walt Disney says to Travers, “Don’t you want to finish the story.” With that, Travers agrees to sign over the rights for the making of the movie.
I think this movie resignated so deeply within me because similarly, due to the presence of sin in this world, we are all broken. To be human is to be messy. We all have things in life that hurt and maimed us and when we hold these things within us, they can often keep us locked in a prison of our own making.
The awesome part is that Jesus Christ came to change the trajectory of our story. He can take the mess of our life story (when surrendered to him), and make it into a message. He can take us from victim to a victor. In Hebrews 12:2 it says that Jesus is “the author and perfecter of our faith.” God is the author of life and our faith and He is re-writing our story. He changed history by His-story. The bible is God’s amazing love story for us. It says in Romans 5:8 “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ came to us in our sin, in our brokenness and in all the messiness and loved us all the way to the cross.
God’s love story for us is the good news of the gospel. The gift of Jesus Christ is that through faith in Him, He saves us from ourselves and our sin. It is the gospel of grace! God’s pure and amazing grace. God’s grace is what sets us free to live for Him. He died and rose from the dead, so that we can have new life in Him. When we understand the enormity of His sacrifice for us and the divine transaction of what we are given by faith in Him, we can’t help but sing his praises! With Christ as the author and finisher of our faith, we know our story will have a great ending! Praise be to God!
Father God, thank you for your amazing love and for sending Jesus to die for my sin. Thank you that by faith, through grace we can have new life in you and live in right relationship with you, unashamed because of what You have done for us. You are an awesome God! All praise and glory be to You both now and forever. AMEN
We are all sinners, saved by God’s amazing grace (Ephesians 2:8). When we compare ourselves and our sin to others we might think we’re still pretty good people. But we are comparing ourselves to other sinners, and the bible says that all sin is the same (James 2:10). God is holy and there is no sin in him (2 Cor 5:21). Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2). The bible says that there is none righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10. This meaning that all of our goodness is filthiness in God’s sight (Isaiah 64:6). It is only through faith in what Christ did for us on the cross that we can be saved Ephesians 2:8-9). We are washed by the blood and then made clean and holy in his sight. It is a divine transaction of pure grace. A free gift because of God’s amazing love for us. There is nothing we can ever do to earn his love or be good enough. If that were the case, he wouldn’t have had to die on the cross. But he was wounded for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities, and the punishment that made us whole was upon him, and by his bruises we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
James 2:10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
Isaiah 59:2 It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.
Romans 3:10 As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous–not even one.
Isaiah 64:6 We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags.
Ephesians 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.