"There's absolutely no point to that Incredibles movie," my son said last night. Maybe he said it just to irk me because it's my favorite Pixar movie. Or maybe he's just not as intelligent as I thought he was.
The Incredibles family, like every family, has gifts and abilities that can bless other people. But they're not using their gifts because people get mad at them, sue them, and criticize them. Even worse, they've started to ignore their gifts and focus instead on their weaknesses. Mom Incredible takes her flexibility for granted and focuses instead on her oversized bottom. The kids are also sucked into this negative thinking. Their gifts are overlooked and viewed negatively.
I asked my kids, "What if we decided to never try to help people because we might make someone mad? What if I decided not to write anymore because some people don't like what I write? What if we forget about all our abilities and only think about our weaknesses?"
Pretty soon my kids were coming up with ways we are just like the Incredibles family at the beginning of the movie. There's a lot of negative thinking around us, and sometimes it's good to recognize it for what it is--a whole lot of poopoo that's just gonna drag us down and make us sad.
Christmas is a great time to remember the gifts we've already been given and to recognize the good in other people.
On a side note, I hid my son's birthday present and can't remember where I hid it, which is really a problem because it's his birthday--yikes.
So here's my question for today: Why are you hiding your gifts? Or, if you prefer, where are you hiding your gifts?