As someone who has Futuristic and Positivity as two of my top five strengths according to the Gallup’s StrengthsFinder, you can imagine that I would be intrigued by a film like Tomorrowland. (Even the website – takemetotomorrowland.com and the novel e-book from Fandango have been enjoyable).
So many films and books paint a bleak and dystopian view of the future.
Tomorrowland makes the future seem better and brighter.
With so many films based on old stories (remakes, comic books, and sequels), an original story from a thought-provoking filmmaker like Brad Bird definitely got me to the IMAX version on the opening day.
Rather than reviewing the film (which has been loved by some and panned by others), I wanted to mention two important themes from the film in light of a life of faith.
Creating a Better Future
Quotes from the film:
“Do you ever wonder what would happen if all the great thinkers came together to actually change the world for the better…?”
“What if there was a place, a secret place, where nothing was impossible? A miraculous place where you could actually change the world. You want to go?”
Growing up in a community like Mosaic in Los Angeles, I loved the emphasis on creativity, diversity, courage, risk, innovation, and becoming the hero God intended us to be.
A favorite passage became Joel’s prophecy of dreamers and visionaries:
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth…
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved….”
– Joel 2:28-32
What if we allowed God to work in us and did all we could to become the best version of ourselves and maximized our gifts for the good of the world around us?
Feeding the Good Wolf (And Starving the Evil Wolf)
In the film, one of the characters references an old Indian story where two wolves are fighting.
One wolf is evil and filled with anger, bitterness, pride and fear. The other wolf is good and filled with joy, peace, love, hope, and humility.
The Question: Which wolf will win?
The Answer: The one you feed.
Hope, positivity, and optimism have been proven to be better for us spiritually, physically, and emotionally (see my review of How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath).
The Scriptures tell us to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and to think on only those things which are “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8).
Even still, we seem to fill our mind with anxious and angry thoughts along with news about the worst of humanity. No wonder it is so easy to become cynical, jaded, or even just discouraged. Our world doesn’t seem to be getting better but worse!
As a person of faith, I believe we are called to create a better future.
Rather than condemn the world or give up on the world, we are to help “God’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”
Your Next Step
Have you given up on our world or on a better future? If so, what do you need to eliminate in your life to start catching a more positive glimpse of your future?
In what ways are you making the world a better place?
How are you helping others become who God created them to become?
What do you need to do next?