Why Movies Can Never Really Picture Real Life

While watching a movie recently, it occurred to me that movies can never truly picture real life.

We often think they can. We watch action movies and believe we could drive cars over rooftops and off buildings. We watch romantic comedies and think our lives can be just as funny and catchy. We watch sci-fi flicks and wish our lives could be so exciting, adventurous, and cutting-edge.

But what we don’t realize is that movies can never picture the regular, the real, the oft-rueful moments that make up our lives. Movies can’t picture real life.

They can’t capture the times we sit and ponder the same question for hours, only to later learn that our whole approach was twisted and backwards. They can’t capture the hours a wife stays up, praying for her marriage and children, or the quick phone calls a husband makes to check on his family. They can’t capture the miracle of God applying His Word to our hearts.

They can’t capture these things because they aren’t meant to.

Movies are a good thing, a happy medium tailor-made for the ups and downs of life to be digested in 90 minutes. But they aren’t ultimate, and they shouldn’t shape our picture of reality too sharply. They aren’t meant to.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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