The Greatest Showman!
What a great movie.
Full of hope.
Full of inclusion.
FULL of incredible music and dancing.
It even has people flying through the air while singing, for crying out loud.
How can you go wrong with that kind of movement and talent?
Hugh Jackman, people! And not pretending he’s 23!!!
I loved it!
My sister hated it!
She seriously did.
It had something to do with “I don’t like musicals” and “that wasn’t true to PT Barnham’s life” and “he wasn’t a nice person, you know. He scammed people, every day!” At least that’s how I remember the conversation going.
But here’s the thing…
While I cannot, no way, never will understand how my sister should have had such a diverse reaction from mine to what I think is one of the greatest and most uplifting movies I’ve ever seen, I cannot understand, but I’m okay that she didn’t like it.
She’s my sister.
Not my clone.
She has strong opinions.
In that we are alike, but not much else.
When we were younger, people used to confuse her for me. It happened all the time. I rarely got confused for her, but for some reason she had folks coming up to her all the time and thinking she was me. Didn’t matter that my hair was red and hers was not. Didn’t matter that I was at least 4 inches taller than her most of my life. Didn’t matter that we didn’t live in the same town. We knew enough people individually, that they collectively thought she was me, that it happened a lot. She’s not. Me, I mean.
My sister is her own person.
A strong woman.
And like I said, she has strong opinions.
I love that about her.
She is not nearly as indecisive as me.
She is wayyyyy more talented, artisitically.
She holds things close to the vest, while I write and blab and converse about everything and anything.
We are different in the best of ways.
I love my sister, and all that she brings to the world:
A concerned heart.
An ability to look past faults.
A desire to be in charge—she’s a first born, so it comes with the territory.
An enduring love for family.
A heart toward her grands that is as big as all outdoors.
A love for Jesus that is even bigger.
In fact, and she might not know this, so shhhhhhhh!
But when she began to get excited about Jesus and being in church, I was jealous.
She had something I did not.
That, I could not abide.
Sister rivalry, right? A beautiful thing for ER doctors who stitch them up and glue hair back on their heads after fierce fighting.
But seriously, I credit my big sister for bringing me to the spiritual strength I enjoy today.
I know Jesus because I was jealous of her.
And isn’t that how it’s supposed to work?
The Apostle Paul wrote about this concept of jealousy in his letter to the Church at Rome, where he said, “I am speaking to you Gentiles…in the hope that I may provoke my own people to jealousy and save some of them.” Romans 11:13-14
Paul had a ministry of jealousy provocation. Think of that one for a while.
It was in the case of my introduction to intimacy with Christ, that my sister’s faith provoked this Gentile’s jealousy and that led to me being saved. Truly, it did!
My sister is not me.
She is God’s princess.
She is His bride.
She is His missionary to many.
She is His emissary.
Her faith made me jealous.
Because of her, I chased after Him.
My sister is not me, but I’m sure glad for her…that God gave her to me and me to her.
I still don’t understand how in the world my sister could not have liked The Greatest Showman. I saw it THREE times and would have gone a fourth, if it had not been removed from showing at my local theater. I came to that fourth showing too late, but I came to faith in Jesus Christ my Savior at just the right time, in good part because of jealousy I had toward my sister.
For those of you reading this today I have two pieces of advice:
1. Love your sister and let your jealousy over her take you to incredible places you would not have gone had you not seen her having so much fun and so full of joy, and wanted that for yourself.
2. Go see The Greatest Showman!!! If not on the BIG screen—oh, see it on the BIG SCREEN if you can—but if not there, then on DVD or Blue Ray. It really is the greatest movie I’ve seen since….
No, I won’t go there. Nothing shall tarnish my love for TGS! Nothing. Peace out!
When has jealousy over your sister ended you up in a good place? When was the last time you thanked God for a sister that is not like you?