I loved the movie, Midnight in Paris.
I loved how the film jumped from the here and now to the past and back again. Most of all, I loved the window into the lives of the writers before us- Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald is close to my heart. I didn’t enjoy literature very much in school. I should be ashamed of myself for not paying much attention, but well, there was a lot more important things vying for my attention…at least I thought they were important at the time. But even though I didn’t pay much attention and even though I didn’t apply myself very often, I do have one single, solitary memory of trying and enjoying the work during high school.
My senior year I was given the assignment of doing a critique on a book. I chose F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby. I loved the book, and even more, I loved the assignment. It was the first time I spent my own mental energy thinking through the implications of the story. I’m not even sure what grade I got, but it didn’t matter, I enjoyed doing it.
The movie, Midnight in Paris, showed these writers in their day-to-day lives. Full of problems and worries and the normal ups and downs of life. While we have great respect for them (& should), I wonder if they ever saw themselves the way we see them from afar.
It’s easy to spend so much time pursuing influence that we forget why we’re trying to do it in the first place. Are you a writer? singer? musician? artist? _______________? Keep pursuing what God’s gifted and called you to do, and He will honor you. Life only makes sense when we’re doing what God has created us to do. We may never see our impact here on planet Earth, but continue to pursue what God has put in your heart. He will bring it into the light in His time.