Friday, August 19, 2005


"There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:

the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a maiden."

First off a HUGE shout out to the love of my life, my lifesaving companion, the Allegra Cole to my Albert (so to speak) for seeing something in me and getting hitched to me! You complete me Linda!

Most of us of the male persuasion feel like Albert, the guy on the right, when it comes to the woman we are interested in or love. How is it then that we even get hooked up? I have no idea! What I do know is that this movie MovedMe because it displayed the wonderful mystery of a man with a maiden.

I love the way this movie started because I hated it so much...ok let me explain. The whole "principles of men and women" thing really made me mad. As if women and men could be figured out by a bunch of facts and figures. Then he seems to say that he can get any guy "in bed" with any woman within three dates. This outraged me and my wife enough that we wanted to turn the movie off.

But I had the inside scoop from a friend that this was not what Hitch was about so we kept watching. And boy am I glad we did. We got to follow as he realized there is no such thing as principles. Through his experience with wooing Sara in the most unconventional, and might I add funny, ways. And when he realized Albert and Allegra did not get together through his "magic" but through Albert's cute bumbling and disarmingly charming ways.

I love the last line by Hitch, "Basic principles...there are none."

This is so true...I agree with the author that said we are not problems to solve we are people to be loved. There is a certain mystery to a woman and a man getting together, just as it was portrayed between Allegra and Albert. She thought his dorky traits Hitch tried to get rid of were...cute.

As I think of how Linda and I got together I wanted a roadmap or a plan. I looked for a book in the church library. There was no plan, no program to follow, no book just a mysterious, God ordained series of beautiful events. So all you Alberts out there and Allegras waiting to be swept off their feet...there is hope! Embrace the mystery and the God of that mystery who loves you.

A secondary aspect that MovedMe about this movie were the protrayals of past unhealed scars. Hitch is motivated to be and teach others how to be a smooth talking ladies man because of an old flame that hurt him, Cressida. (If you haven't seen the movie yet this is a woman not a Toyota.) Sara is a cynic, aka realist, about life because of a near death incident with her sister. At the time, everything was going so well and then in the blink of an eye...tragedy. She lives her life that way, believing that at any moment tragedy will strike, not falling in love because she knows he will disappoint.

Isn't that how we live? From our scars rather than God's promises and heart towards us? Isaiah prophesies that Jesus will come to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1). This isn't cute symbolism...we literally get our hearts broken and become captive to past tragedies. Praise God that He sent His His stripes (scars) we are healed.

Lord knows I have abandoned my soul, and continue to do so, to this truth and it has made all the difference in the world in my life. This freedom has allowed me to love others with more recklessness and to break me free from a cynical nature. I praise God for that!

Finally, I really like some of the sayings Hitch had. Yes, they were a bit cliche but I really believe they are part of living the abundant life God promised us. I'll leave you with them...

Hitch: Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away.

Hitch: Well, you know, like I always tell my clients, "Begin each day as if it were on purpose."

Hitch: What if fine isn't good enough? What if I want extraordinary?

I don't know about you but I want some of that extra ordinary!