20 April 2013

Click


Michael wakes up in the hospital with his adult children, Ben and Samantha, looking down at him. He suffered a heart attack the day before and had since been unconscious.  Once his son and daughter are satisfied their dad’s condition has stabilized, they decide to leave- heading back to their lives across the country.

Michael, not wanting them to leave, fearing he would never see them again, unplugs himself from the lifesaving machines that are keeping him alive and heads out of the hospital. While trying to catch up to them, the angel of death, Morty, follows Michael outside, telling Micheal over and over again, “It doesn't have to end this way…there can be different results.”

Morty tries to convince Michael, unsuccessfully, to go back inside. Michael makes it outside, catches up to his children, and then dies. Morty reaches out his hand to help him up from the ground saying, “It’s time to go.”

If you don’t recognize the scenario, it is the 90’s movie “Click.”  I watched the movie again last weekend.  It’s a story about Michael Newman (Adam Sandler), an architect, who is married to his longtime sweetheart Donna with two children, Ben and Samantha. Michael is easily pushed around by his overbearing boss Mr. Ammer (David Hasselhoff). On numerous occasions, Michael willingly sacrifices time with his family to work so he can give them the kinds of possessions he never had.

While searching for a universal remote control at a Bed Bath & Beyond, Michael finds the section marked "Beyond." There, he meets a mysterious clerk named Morty (Christopher Walken), who gives him a "universal" remote control and warns that it can never be returned.

To Michael's amazement, he finds that the remote can control the actual universe, particularly time. Michael uses it to skip fights with Donna, to go forward until he rids himself of a cold, and skip a family dinner to work. Later, Morty reveals that when Michael fast-forwards through time, his body is on "auto-pilot" - his mind skips ahead, while his body does everyday life.

After boss Mr. Ammer promises Michael a partnership position within a few months, he decides to skip ahead to it, but ends up skipping a year of his life since it took him that long to actually receive the promotion. Michael also discovers that he is in marriage counseling and even missed the death of his dog. When the remote begins fast-forwarding without Michael controlling it, Morty warns the remote programs itself according to Michael's previous commands.

The next day, Mr. Ammer tells Michael he is leaving the country, and in the course of the conversation, Mr Ammer suggests one day Michael may end up CEO. Without thinking, Michael responds to say he would like to end up CEO, the remote reacts accordingly and fast-forwards ten years to 2017.

I've always thought I was like the apostle Paul. And like Paul, I was always bold and straight to the point. But honestly, then and now, I am a whole lot more like Peter – foot in mouth – leaps before he looks.

A lot of the times I feel like Peter proclaiming to Jesus that even if EEEVVVEEERRRYYYBODY ELSE denies him I GAR-RUN-TEE I will not!  I won’t. And I can hear Christ say, “You will deny me three times before the rooster (cell phone, alarm clock) crows (goes off). And with Peter, I emphatically agree, “No I won’t.  You got it all wrong, Jesus. I’ll show you.”

And, like Peter, (not literally, but figuratively… well, sometimes literally) I mess up, slip up… and then the rooster crows. And I, like Peter, am on the side of the street, sitting on a curb, sad and crying, wailing – pissed at myself for doing it.

But what if Morty is right? What if it’s true that it didn't have to end the way we are headed? What if there could be different results?

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

This is something Peter was intimately familiar with: second chances.  Simon Peter got a second chance.  Jesus forgave him and welcomed him back. And, Jesus is waiting right here, waiting for me and waiting for you, so he can forgive us and gift us with a second chance.
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