Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.


May 31st, 2014

Have you ever been on a blind date? Not just any blind date, but the blind date you wished never happened and would end quickly? That’s what happened when Lauren (Drew Barrymore) agreed to meet Jim (Adam Sandler) for a blind date at Hooters in today’s movie: Blended. Before they know it they find themselves, and their children, stuck together on an unconventional ‘blended family’ week at a resort in South Africa. While on vacation the kids benefit from the inevitable.

I hesitated before deciding to see it because the critics were a bit harsh. I suggest you ignore the critics and see this movie. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore still have the onscreen magic they had in “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates.” They still play off each other perfectly and created a hilarious, sweet and entertaining movie without a complicated storyline.

I like that Sandler, who also produced Blended, used South Africa as the backdrop. They showed enough of it to be enjoyable without distracting from the movie. I’m not convinced Blended is a good family movie, only because it does have some scenes that aren’t really appropriate, or good examples, for the younger kids. Not just kissing, but there were times when the cartoonish, but memorable lounge singer, portrayed by Terry Crews, was a gyrating a bit much for my taste.

Regardless, the movie was funny just about right form the very start. The comedic moments and jokes are nice. They’re delivered in a neat flow, not forcing you to laugh all the time and lose some of it along the way, and not so distant in between that it starts to feel like a drama.

For this movie, I think the critics just need to take it for what it is. It’s fluffy, a bit of fun and fills a couple of hours in our ever burdened lives with entertainment. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in a summer movie are a guilty pleasure.



Get Over Yourself: Burden of Arrogance

May 31st, 2014

For His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3b

Something humbling happened to me yesterday. I arrived at work early to sit in the quiet of the rehab area and get my day organized before everyone else arrived. That’s when I noticed a family member of one of my dear patient’s  walk by and look in my direction. I asked him in, and soon another family member joined us and before long there were five of us fellowshipping & sharing encouraging conversation.

I felt pretty good that God chose to use me as His tool of comfort for the family during their personal time of need and went about my day. Later on, a patient called me over and I thought “Wow, I’m on a roll today” smiling, I walked up to her and asked what I could do for her. She didn’t need comfort, she only wanted to point out I had spilled my lunch on my top. Oh, the things that keep us humble! I wouldn’t want to be saddled with arrogance anyway! LOL

Prideful arrogance is one piece of luggage God hates. He hates arrogance because we haven’t done anything to be arrogant about. We have rest, salvation, blessings and a home in heaven, and we did nothing to earn any of it. Who did? The answer lies throughout Psalm 23: “He makes me…”, “He leads me…” “He restores my soul…” And to make sure we get the point, David added “…for His name’s sake.”

With the same intensity that God hates arrogance, He loves those who are gentle and with a humble heart. The mighty saints were humble, Moses was more humble than anyone else. And Paul didn’t mention his deeds, but introduced himself as God’s slave.

So, how do you cultivate humility? Start by assessing yourself honestly. Don’t confuse humility with low self-esteem. Being humble means you know what you have to offer and that’s it.

Don’t take personal success too seriously. The Bible warns that when silver and gold increase, your heart can become proud. Keep in mind the frailty of earthly wealth.

Celebrate the significance of others. I remember the story of a boy that came home from play try-outs and announced he had been chosen to sit in the audience to clap and cheer. When you get that chance, do you take it joyfully?

Don’t demand respect, it’s like chasing a hummingbird. Chase it and you’ll likely never catch it. Sit still and it may come and sit at your window sill feeder.

Never announce your success before it happens. Whew, that’s almost a given in today’s world. And speak humbly. People aren’t impressed with cocky, opinionated people on any level.

One last thought to foster humility: Live at the foot of the cross. If your self-esteem needs a boost you don’t need to name drop or talk about your bank account. Just remember that the maker of the stars would rather die for you than to live without you. So, if you need to brag, brag on that.

And, don’t forget to check the front of your shirt after lunch. LOL!

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.