Jodi and I finally watched the movie I am Sam (Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, 2001). Have you seen it? It’s a good movie in that we found it both emotionally-engaging and thought-provoking. (If you are extremely sensitive to profanity, you might want to watch it via a filtering system.) The storyline is study of contrasts. One contrast which particularly stood out to me was Sam, a retarded man who very practically loved his little girl, and his lawyer, an over-achieving, over-committed working mom who had very little energy left for her son. After seeing such a visual message, I had to re-evaluate my relationship with my own children. Am I Sam? I know I should be! God has blessed me with some awesome kids who need me engaged in their lives. I try to be so, but appreciate gentle reminders from the Lord to stay involved, to be a dad, not just a father. What about the special children in your lives–your own kids, nieces, nephews, lil’ ones in your church or neighborhood–who needs your attention and time today? Be “Sam” to them.
Reflections on the Quest: I am Sam (I know I should be!)