When I was a seminary student in Dallas, there was an old theater on Lower Greenville that would only show classic black-and-white movies. A group of us would treat ourselves to a night off from studying and working, to see one of those classic films. I remember seeing Gone With the Wind, The Maltese Falcon and Psycho, to name just a few. There is something kind of magical watching these old flicks on a big screen rather than the TV.
Of all the movies, there was one scene in one movie that really struck me then and still hits a chord with me this many years later. In the movie, Key Largo, Edward G. Robinson plays a gangster who holds a family hostage. One of the hostages asks Robinson why he would choose a life of violence and crime. I guess no one had ever asked him that before because he had no answer for the simple question. Finally, one of the hostages (Humphrey Bogart) answers the question for Robinson, “I know what you want. You want more!” Robinson’s face lights up and proclaims, “Yeah, that’s it. That’s what I want. I want more!”
Like many of us, Robinson believed in the myth of more; the myth that whispers in our ear that one day more will be enough. Those of us (which includes me) who also have bought into the myth of “more”, spend much our lives looking for THE NEXT THING. I guess we keep hoping that THE NEXT THING will be the true source of peace and satisfaction. And for a few minutes or a few days, THE NEXT THING provides what we are seeking. When it wears off (as it always does), we start looking for THE NEXT THING. And the cycle goes on and on and on….
Our new sermon series is a sequel (sort of) to the series, Six Words to Change Your Life. Instead of six words, we are going to look only at three words that will change your life. Matt and I put on our creative hats and came up with a very clever title for this series: Three More Words. Each week we will look at a word that if we learn it, meditate on it, pray it then our hearts might be transformed and we can break the cycle of THE NEXT THING. And we just might be less likely to believe the myth of more.
Oh yeah, let me add one more thing. The myth of more is not just about money, neither is this series!
October 8: Enough (Luke 12:15-21)
October 15: Contentment (Philippians 4:10-20)
October 22: Generosity (1 Chronicles 29:14–18)