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OUR CURRENT SERIES: KEEP IT SHORT
This winter we're doing a series based around award-winning short films. Each week we will watch a different short film and then talk about a theological principle related to the movie. Of course movies are more fun with popcorn, candy, and something to drink, so each week we will have some small refreshments to enjoy during the movie with a "candy of the week."
THIS WEEK'S FILM & DISCUSSION: Validation
This week's film was called Validation, a fable about a parking attendant who gives his customers REAL validation -- dispensing both free parking and free compliments.
The New Testament is full of stories of Jesus validating people no one else deemed worthy. The woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, Zacchaeus, the parable of the prodigal son and the elder brother. Time and time again Jesus tells us that the people we least expect are of value. When we talk about having a relationship with an all-powerful, all knowing, and perfect God I think it's easy for people to feel like they aren't worthy, they don't have enough value. But God welcomes us with open arms, God validates us in his love. Just like in the short film, people want to be validated, it builds us up, it makes us feel important, and our message of love and hope in Jesus carries that sense of validation.
CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION AT HOME
- Share a time when you received "validation" from someone and it meant a lot to you.
- What are some ways popular culture validates people?
- Is money still a legitimate validation?
- How do you validate others? With your kindness, your radiance? By connecting in simple ways: a smile, a compliment, an offer of assistance?
- How can you better validate yourself? What would give you a greater sense of connection and significance?