Have you ever watched E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial? Of course you have, who hasn’t?
Now I know Steven Spielberg has stated that there are no Christian messages in the movie, but something did stick out for me.
At the end, ET is saying goodbye to the family. He looks at Gertie (the young girl) and says “Be Good.” Then he turns to Elliot, and they have a tear-jerking moment where he promises that he will always be in Elliot’s heart.
And all Gertie got was a “Be Good” That kinda sucks doesn’t it?
But what else can you say to a five year old?
She’s only a child, and probably already has strong feelings of loss welling up in her, and she is probably going to miss him as much, but all she can cope with at the moment is “Be Good.”
Elliot on the other hand, ET has formed a special bond with, and he needs to explain how that bond will go on, and they will always be together, even though he won’t see him again.
So here’s my thinking. When we’re young, GOD tells us to be good. Because that’s how we can show that we love him. We can sing all the songs about having “Jesus in my heart” and “I love Jesus” and they are probably true. In our child-like state we show that love by being good.
But we can’t be good forever. Or at least, we can’t think that being good is going to carry us forever.
I know you’re probably all fine, but I know a young fish who has problems with this sometimes.
He wakes up in the morning, and prays that God will help him to be a good fish all day. Then he struggles through the day, fighting temptation all the way, until the end of the day. They he says his prayers, and apologises for being naughty sometimes, but promises to be better tomorrow.
And GOD says to him “What about me? Did you spend any time with me today?”
“Uh, not Lord. I was too busy trying to be good.”
“Do you think that’s what I want from you? To be good? No, my fishy friend, I want so much more. I want YOU.”
“Do you really think you can ever be good? Without me, you will just burn yourself out everyday trying to be good. I want you to be good, so that you can be closer to me. And if you come closer to me, I will help to make you good.”
Of course I’m sure he’s the only fish in the world with that problem. Poor guy.
Sometimes he tries so hard to be good, he forgets why he’s doing it.