As I spoke on Sunday, I found it funny that just 24 hours earlier I was making sand castles on a beach.
In the sermon I mentioned the phrase of Jesus: "No one who has their hand to the plough and looks backward is fit for the kingdom." It was Jesus' way of saying that if we are looking back in regret all the time, we cant be in the 'now' or in hope of the future. I say that should be on a sticky note for me! I need to hear that over and over again. The mother in Boyhood needed to too.
I mentioned that I often forget to present certain ideas in my sermons and this past Sunday was no exception. One was that being a boy is a luxury, first world experience in many places. Boy soldiers are the ones we need to worry about; young boys who are taken and turned into soldiers forcibly. This tool of war is an abomination. Of course there is a luxury just by gender too, but that is another sermon.
Secondly, I forgot to mention that about a dozen years ago as a single dad, I was walking through security at the airport with my kids after a visit with my folks. I shared that I broke down and my son asked why and I said; "sometimes I just feel like I havent been a good dad." ALL of us parents feel that at times, not unlike the mother in this movie. I hope parents can be graceful with themselves.
Boyhood is a hugely complex movie, I drew my conclusions, and I hope you will too.
What were some of yours?