I love movies! I love to get lost in the action or the romance. I also love to walk away from a movie that made me think. My favorite movies speak long after the credits. Can you believe God could say something lasting and meaningful to me through a movie like Dumb and Dumber? It sounds weird and weirder, but He can! Read on and find six great movie quotes from six great movies—and what more they have to say.
“If you build it, they will come.” I think we have good intentions like this. We dive into something we have a heart for and then ask God to bless it. That’s backwards! He is the author and creator of us and our story. First step is going to Him, second step is obeying what He has laid out for us. God is always at work around us. He has a plan for you specifically. Jeremiah 29:11, Proverbs 3:5-6
“You’re killin’ me, Smalls!” This great movie quote is used a lot around our house. We have five kids, and there always seems to be some drama. I’m thankful God is our strength when we are weak because let me tell you, with five kids who are all active in sports and church, our house can become a bit crazy. Whether you’re dealing with a difficult co-worker, a slow cashier, or life just has you down, may He give you the strength you need to be kind and patient with those around you. Ephesians 6:4, 2 Corinthians 12:9
“Show me the money.” Greed is so hard to overcome. Most of us will always battle the desire to have more. There are “get rich quick schemes” or shortcuts that we can take to get what we want NOW. We even drown ourselves in debt to get those things. Then, we still aren’t happy and we wonder why. God will meet your needs. He has promised us that. God won’t give you everything you want, but He will give you everything you need. 1 Timothy 6:6-8, Malachi 3:10, Philippians 4:19
“Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this … and totally redeem yourself!” I’m a mess. I do the dumbest things sometimes. At this point in life, I’m able to laugh at myself and shake it off. We all have our areas to work on. We can get discouraged and even angry at ourselves when we repeat the same mistakes, but we shouldn’t! We should forgive ourselves in the same way we’re commanded to forgive others. (Spoiler alert: we’re supposed to be really, really forgiving.) You may feel like a failure some days, but remember you’re a work in progress. God is completing a good work in you. Philippians 1:6, Psalm 139:13-14
“You had me at hello.” Have you ever felt so alone that a simple kind word like “hello” felt like a lifeline? We need community, y’all! Life is not meant to be lived alone. Friends and family will make your experiences so much richer. Flying solo is needed sometimes, but don’t isolate yourself into loneliness. Reach out to those around you even if it feels scary. Say hello to a small group, and start doing life with them! Remember, God wants to be your constant companion. He will never leave you! And He’s always waiting for you to say hello to Him. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Proverbs 18:24, Deuteronomy 31:6
“Go ahead, make my day!” I leave you with this one as a challenge. When Satan tries to tempt you or feed you lies, just tell him to go ahead and try. I can totally picture Clint Eastwood saying, “Bring it on, Satan.” Feel the boldness of this quote next time you’re discouraged or tired of doing what’s right. Recognize that discouragement as a lie and an attempted attack. Nope. Not today! We have the victory in Christ! Romans 8:37, Deuteronomy 20:4, Ephesians 6:10-12
The next time you hear a great movie quote, ask yourself if God’s trying to get your attention. I believe He speaks to us today even in the most unexpected ways. Go ahead and pop some popcorn, plunk yourself on the couch, fire up Netflix—and really think about the lines that stand out to you. Maybe God’s trying to say something more to you.