Monday, January 31, 2005

My testimony movie

In one of my classes this week, I'm supposed to share my "spiritual autobiography" (formally called "testimony" but changed because the word testimony just seems too trite now I suppose) to my small group formed from this class and I'm getting nervous and anxious and excited and terrified about it. It would be so much easier I think and mean so much more and I think, really represent my own journey way more accurately, if I could only put together a movie of my testimony, complete with a soundtrack, some pictures here and there (not necessarily of myself, or people I know and love but other pictures as well) and streaming video highlights from my childhood and selected scenes from various films I've grown to love. This would be the perfect thing I think.

Rather than me reading from an outline or a "script," my testimony movie would serve as this and so much more. Instead of trying to visualize what I had to say, people could see endless metaphors and beautiful symbols to serve as their window into me and I think (for most people my age) this would prove to be much more interesting and beneficial.

Even though I won't be putting together a testimony movie for this class this week, it's one of those 'maybe-'i'll-do-it-in-the-future' ideas as long as I don't get too lazy or too apathetic about my life or the power of the moving image, in general. Think of how great it would be to have people come to your church and say, "I'd like to share with you my own spiritual autobiography...here it is," and then (cue!) a video would be rolling. What a fresh bit of air that would be for any and every congregation, in all the churches of the world.

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Chalupa said...

that sounds like something really cool. how long do you think something like that could be? i know of certain movies that i really identify with, but they're 2hrs long - and that only describes one part of me or a certain aspect or a certain time in my life. would you be able to get a "highlight film" out of so much possible material?

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