2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days of Disney” – Day 33
Song #9 – “Go The Distance” – Hercules
Michael Bolton’s “Go The Distance,” from Disney’s “Hercules,” has always been a favorable one for me, but in honesty, it may be the entire reason this 40 day devotional was started. I have often said that God reveals Godself through the lyrics of all sorts of music, not just Christian praise and worship. It only took attending a Leadership Conference at Adam Hamilton’s Church of the Resurrection, whose opening worship began with a performance of “Go The Distance,” that I realized that maybe I wasn’t the only one that felt that way.
In the thematic anthem of the film, Hercules (or Michael Bolton) sings, “I have often dreamed of a far off place…” All to frequently, this is how Christians regard our faith, as an evacuation plan to get somewhere else, heaven. But this fundamental flaw leaves us missing out on some of the most miraculous elements of the life in Christ. As Christ said in John 10:10, “I cam so that they could have life, indeed so that they could live life to the fullest.” The Christian life doesn’t take us to a far off place, not yet, at least. In truth, it encourages us to live a better life in the place we’re at, right here and now, to “find our way” and to “go the distance.”
Strengthening Provider, we praise you for the incredible talents you have bestowed on our lives through the power of your Holy Spirit. Motivate and encourage us to embrace these gifts, realize the fullness of life you have intended for us, and use our talents for your will. Amen.