I'm enjoying some family time this week, though at times I think I felt like we were in an episode of Wipeout in order to get to time together! ;) Do you ever feel that way? If your brain needs to "go to" a place where you don't have to think about anything serious for a little while, it's a good show to watch. :)
And if you're looking for a meaningful way to spend an evening together with friends or with family, I want to share some ideas for "Meaningful Movie Nights." This list includes movies we have watched, but some great conversations were sparked because of the themes and ideas illustrated. Entertainment with a purpose.
Most of these are not appropriate for young children, but I think you'd find them something meaningful to share with a spouse, a small group, or friends. Take one on vacation to add a reminder of God's sovereignty and compassion in our world. We even used one for a sleepover with an unsaved friend, and it opened up doors we had been praying for. Check out more info on these to find one that might be a great beginning to build a "Meaningful Movie Night" with your loved ones.
- The Last Sin Eater
- Chariots of Fire
- Water (This has subtitles, but I found I forgot I was reading after a little while)
- Facing the Giants
- One Night with the King
- End of the Spear
- The Visual Bible - Acts
- Ben Hur
Don't hesitate to get your own copy of the Bible out to "check your facts" in some of these movies. I watched "One Night with the King" with a group of women at a shelter last week, and at the end, one of the women who had not spoken had two things to say:
- What do you think made the king change his mind?
- I know what I'm doing tonight; I'm going up to read that story in my own Bible!
Music to my ears! And after a middle school friend who does not know Christ as her Savior watched the Sin Eater with us, she said, "That's the best movie I've ever seen in my life."
Have a free night this weekend? Have a meaningful movie night! Do you have a favorite that has showered some meaning into your life? And let's face it ... any excuse for making a huge bowl of popcorn and getting out a Diet Dr. Pepper is worth considering! ;)