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Last night I was watching The Devil Wears Prada on TV. No, it isn’t part of the Bible, and it isn’t a Christian movie either. But it brought home some deep spiritual truths, reminding me of how important even small choices are for those trying to walk in faith. (Hope nothing here will be a spoiler since this isn’t exactly a new release movie—if you haven’t seen it by now, you’ve probably made a conscious choice not to watch it.)
Andrea was all too relatable, probably because we’ve been there…full of dreams and ambition, trying to work hard, do a good job, make a good impression. Nothing wrong with that, right? Our efforts are rewarded (or punished) and we shape our responses accordingly, hyper focused on reaching the seemingly positive goal we set for ourselves.
Add the weight of responsibility to the mix, and rationalizing decisions becomes that much easier. Even when you first start to suspect that something isn’t quite right, you defend your choices. I can’t afford to lose that job, end that relationship, walk away from that situation, because people are depending on me. I can’t let them down, and I can’t let myself down now that so much of my self-worth is tied into this…But eventually, something happens that that wakes you up. One small decision after another, you realize that you’ve let your God-centered foundation be shaken from its base. And while you may not have done anything hugely wrong, you are forced to admit that you’re not the same person you were, and you are definitely not in the place you expected to be. Before you know it, you’re looking back at a pile of damaged relationships and lost integrity. Your once genuine, inner smile has turned to plastic and nothing feels real anymore. You’re not even sure how you got here, or how to get back on track.
Maybe it is time to challenge the initial goal that seemed so great at the onset. Idols aren’t all literal golden calves that we bow to, but they are always of our own making. They are worldly things we cling to, try to fit everything else around, no matter how much our lives become distorted because of them. And if God asks us to let them go, we often have the nerve to say no…not yet…I’m not ready…can’t I just keep this one, tiny little idol? It isn’t hurting anyone…All the while it is hurting us, and the most important relationship in our lives. The one relationship we can’t live without.
At the end of the movie, Andrea realizes where her choices have led, and who she will become if she continues on her current path. She finds the strength to let her idol go, and the sense of freedom she feels is overwhelming. The plastic in her smile melts away, and she begins the process of cleaning up that trail of broken relationships. Maybe it is time to evaluate our own choices; to see where they are leading us, look them square in the face, and see them for what they really are. How solid is our foundation, and which idols are we still clinging to? Are we ready to make the choice to exchange them for our freedom?
Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
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