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Jan 31

Ground Hog Day

Ground Hog Day
Have you ever seen the movie, Ground Hog Day? It’s a movie starring Bill Murray as a Pittsburgh television weatherman sent on an assignment to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Ground Hog day Festival.

 Phil is not at all happy about covering the event for the fourth year in a row. He is obnoxious, egocentric and pompous and makes his feelings known to his crew which includes his lovely new producer played by Andie McDowell.

Having filmed the event for the evening news, the crew heads back to Pittsburgh and runs headlong into a blizzard stranding them in Punxsutawney for at least one more day. At that point the plot takes a strange twist.

 Phil wakes up the next morning to find that it is still February 2nd. Everything is the same as the day before except for the fact that no one else besides Phil is reliving February 2nd. Everyday he meets the same people, takes the same routes, and encounters the same circumstances as the day before time after time, day after day.

This goes on day after day until Phil, despairing of life, tries to commit suicide. He runs a truck off a cliff after kidnapping the groundhog he had been sent to cover.  Nevertheless, he still wakes up in his bed every morning at six o’clock on February 2nd. He is stuck in a moment he cannot get out of.

After days of experiencing his dilemma, he realizes that there are no consequences for his actions. The slate is wiped clean everyday. He begins to live in the light of that fact. He steals money from an armored car and leads police on a wild goose chase ending up in jail. The next morning he awakes at six o’clock in his room with no one but himself having any recollection of the day before.

It is not to long before Phil realizes that a meaningless purposeless life with no accountability and responsibility is just that… meaningless and purposeless.

 At that point he falls in love with Andie. She becomes the focal point of his life. His love for Andie fills his life with meaning and purpose. Instead of treating people like jerks he begins to serve and encourage them. He catches a boy falling out of a tree. He saves a man from choking in a restaurant. He changes a tire for some elderly ladies. He helps a homeless man find shelter and a family. Love transforms Phil and gives him a reason not only to live but bring life to those around him.

As I watched the movie, the Lord kept showing me parallels between Phil’s life and the Christian life. So many people live their lives, as Henry David Thoreau once said, in “quiet desperation”. They know there is more to life than they are living, but they can’t quite seem to find out what it is.

Many are afraid to take risks in order to live life to its fullest because they do not want to get hurt or to get out of their comfort zone. They fail to realize that Jesus alone gives meaning and purpose to their lives. When we fall in love with Jesus, everything else falls into place. He becomes our focal point. He becomes our passion. He becomes the one we strive to please.

Like Phil, we all live in a world that never changes. It is always self-centered, greedy, rude and arrogant. The worlds system is never going to change. We can curse it or we can be a light and dispel the darkness. How we approach our life and the people and circumstances we encounter will depend upon our love relationship with Jesus or the lack thereof. It is all a matter of perspective.

Phil’s world did not change, but his perspective did the day he found his purpose for living
Listen, Jesus is looking for you in order to give you a fresh new perspective.

. “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 1 Peter 1:3
Walk Worthy,
Pastor Rick

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