“Did you know about this?” Sarabeth asked me yesterday as she held out the iPad to me.
I read the headline: “Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dead at 46.”
“What?!” I said. I read that he had overdosed on heroine, then I cursed.
People aren’t calling him this generation’s greatest actor out of pity for his early death. My brother-in-law and I have loved every movie he’s in, because of him. He was probably the most well-known supporting actor of our time.
As one Fox News contributor rightly put it: “He brought his A-game to the table every single time.”
No better person could be chosen to play one of the key roles in The Hunger Games movies.
But now he’s dead, with the greatest achievements in his career ahead of him, and a rapidly growing fan base left stunned.
Yesterday was filled with all sorts of upsets, huh?
Like Peyton Manning.
The subpar Super Bowl commercials (except this one.)
I was expecting a lot more from Mr. Hoffman, and I mourn his death selfishly.
We were all expecting much more from Peyton and his team.
And often, I feel like Jesus is a big disappointment too, but that’s where it’s not true.
Jesus isn’t going to overdose on heroine at the hight of his reign.
His throws aren’t going to be intercepted time after time after time.
The only reason He disappoints me is if He doesn’t go in the direction I want Him to go, or if He doesn’t work as fast enough as I’d like for Him to.
And I’ll likely be more prone to be disappointed in Him if I put too much faith and hope in the flawed people around me.
Why is that?
Because then I’m elevating them to God’s status.
In a way, Cars 2 was a blessing, because it showed me that the Pixar people aren’t perfect.
Broken promises from our presidents ought to be reminders to us that they’re not our saviors, and they, in fact, cannot fix everything.
And even the greatest actors in Hollywood have their weaknesses.
But not Jesus. We may have led ourselves into disappointing situations, or He may have allowed disappointing things to happen to us, but no disappointment will ever come directly from His hand.
And He Himself will never disappoint.
At least, that’s what I’m trying to learn for myself, anyway.
It just takes some trust and belief.