Movies are usually fiction, although they may be “creative non fiction”, based on real life. One such movie is “Marley and Me”, the story of John Grogan and his attempts to “raise” what he calls “the world’s worst dog”.
A sidebar to the story about his dog Marley is John’s career angst. I enjoy good writing in movies, and one good line in “Marley and Me’ involves John’s problem with job satisfaction. Having finally got a job as a hard news reporter after a successful run as a columnist writing about his dog, John suddenly is dissatisfied — again. His wife says,”You always want what you can’t have”.
People by nature are not satisfied with their lives. Amazingly, there is a story in the news at the moment about the depression and suicidal thoughts resulting from viewing the movie “Avatar”, a science fiction about the mythical world of Pandora. People are posting their sad feelings to blogs and Internet forums.
On Pandora, the indigenous people live simple lives, communing as one with the beautiful nature that surrounds them. One chin-wagger describes the world of Pandora as one which has the appearance of undersea fauna. When these bloggers compare their lives on earth to what the people of Pandora have, they communicate a sense of not being able to obtain a fantasy.
The Psalmist looked around him, comparing his lot with others who seemed more prosperous, and he also communicates his lack of contentment. In fact, he is envious of others who appear better off (Psalm 73:3-5).
Eventually, however, the Psalmist meets with God and learns of the fate of those who try to find satisfaction outside of God. Their final journey ends in destruction and terror (Psalm 73:19). He, however, finds his satsifaction in God (Psalm 73:25-28).
Appearances are deceiving. The world has a lot of posers who are living lives not based on truth. They are living in a fantasy land. These people may be seem to be ones to emulate, but in fact following their example will lead to our demise. It’s better to stick with God, regardless of our circumstances.