I've mentioned the 1989 movie, "Parenthood", often in the Chat Room. It's one of my favorites.
It's a realistic view of an entirely dysfunctional family, from great-grandparents to great-grandchildren. You can learn a lot from the movie when you step back and look at the big picture. Life takes everything you've got: love, patience, forgiveness, understanding, humility, perseverance, and so much more. You get more out of life when you put your full trust in God and ride His grand roller coaster. He makes all the ups and downs worthwhile in the end. Sit back and enjoy the ride!
From the movie "Parenthood", here's the "Roller Coaster Speech" scene that really sums it up, but you really need
to see the entire movie to appreciate what the grandmother is talking about. You can view the scene on "YouTube", just click here:
Grandma: You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.
Grandma: Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride!
Gil: What a great story.
Grandma: I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.