There has been great rejoicing for all the “Sci-Fi Movie Nerds” out there (please note – I am a “Sci-Fi Movie Nerd”) as news has spread that Terminator 5: Genysis will be coming to theaters later this summer. I cannot recount the sheer joy of knowing we get to relive - yet again… for the fifth time – the “duh-duh—duh—duh—duh” music and Schwartzenegger’s “I’ll be back” line. You see, true Sci-Fi Movie Nerds watch all 5 movies… no matter how old the series first started… and faithfully through the last (even if one or two in the sequence were miserable failures, but who is judging here?). So I am already planning and counting the days until I will join others across our great nation to watch mindless action sequences and find ourselves greatly entertained.

In my anticipation of Terminator 5 (and my friends who make fun of my enthusiasm over this movie), I got to thinking about other movies that draw large crowds of followers and enthusiasts. In fact, earlier today I had lunch with a good friend who was telling me about a movie opening on Valentine’s Day and her concern about it. In order to not give away the title, I will just call this movie Shades of a Color. ☺ She asked me if I would see it and I told her I would not. She agreed. But I had made up my mind about not watching this particular movie a long time ago when I chose not to read the book. My reasons are simply this: I don’t want to watch something that might effect how I view my relationship with my husband or my expectations of him. I have a friend who was considering reading the book and then watching the movie. I asked her what she thought of men who view pornography. She was disgusted at my question. I asked her if this book/movie could be considered the female version of porn? She didn’t respond. But a few weeks later informed me that she had decided to not go down the path of reading the book and watching the movie. She doesn’t want it to affect her image of her future husband or that relationship she hopes to have in the future.

I realize that my personal view here may be met with disagreement or even contempt. That is not my purpose in writing about this – truly. My purpose is actually something very different. I have this painting that hung in my law office that was the picture of a dirt path winding out through the hills and into the distance. The words above this picture read: “Wisdom is knowing which path to take. Integrity is taking that path.” If you know that viewing something will create images in your mind that will forever change your thinking about this something negatively, you might say the “wise” choice is to avoid seeing those images in the first place. You might terminate the risk for future damage (pun intended).

There are many choices we make each day about what we see, read, talk about, etc. My encouragement to you as your “big sister” writing here is simply this: think long and hard before you decide what you see… and walk in the way of integrity.

The integrity of the upright guides them,

but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. Proverbs 11:3

Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look,

and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it…” Jeremiah 6:16

by His grace -