Greatest Movie Ever

IMG_6676by Holly Michael

Greatest Movie Ever?

GROUNDHOG DAY for sure! A sarcastic, smug TV weatherman (Phil Connors played by Bill Murray) is dispatched to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on February 2nd to cover the story of the groundhog that predicts the arrival of spring—on time or late.


Phil, the main character, has to live Groundhog Day over and over again…until he gets it right.

I lived close to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the year the movie came out. On the February 2nd following the movie’s release, I bundled up my two little ones and we went to the annual celebration.

It was cold! FREEEZING-BONE-NUMBING-NO-SIGN-OF-GROUNDHOG COLD!!! Not exactly the quaint town in the movie, but then again, I was frozen and huddling with my kids (dressed in 37 layers under their snowsuits.)

I was glad I didn’t have to stay in Punxsutawney and live that Groundhog Day over and over again. In fact, I am so glad I escaped that frozen tundra in the Appalachian Mountains…where Spring doesn’t come until the Fourth of July, lasts one day, then Summer slams you for a month until you get that one beautiful fall day in September, then Winter again. And repeat.

That almost looks like a groundhog hugging onto St. Francis!

That almost looks like a groundhog hugging onto St. Francis! – Photo by Holly Michael

In the movie, GROUNDHOG DAY, Phil (realizing he has to live the day over) at first does the “I can get away with anything” stuff—gets drunk, commits crimes, and all sorts of uninhibited acts that land him in jail even. Then he just gets depressed and tries to kill himself. No matter what—even certain death—he can’t get out of the time loop and wakes up every morning to February 2nd with Sonny and Cher singing, “I Got You Babe,” on the clock radio. Too funny!

So Bill Murray (Phil) goes on to endear himself to the entire town by memorizing details of the townsfolk and by just being a really nice guy. His goal is to get the girl—and he goes from cynic to sweet in a redemptive way that makes you come to love him.

Love this movie! Everything about it! Its redemptive message is very inspiring and make you think; what if you had to live the same day over and over until you got it right?

With Christ, we gain redemption, a chance begin a fresh new day despite our mistakes of the past.


photo by morguefile

God gives us a new day, a fresh start, when we wake up, not with Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe, but to forgiveness through Jesus Christ. God is ready, always, to extend a hand and offer new life in Him. Mercy and grace is available anew, each day, even when we are in the midst of the worst day ever.

One of my worst days was when my son Jake was diagnosed with type one diabetes. My heart broke for my sweet fourteen year old and I wished I could take this auto-immune disease upon myself. But God uses all things for the good for those who love Him.

Jake, just after his diagnosis. He'd gone onto the football field and everyone was cheering. See how thin he was.

Jake, just after his diagnosis. He’d gone onto the football field and everyone was cheering. See how thin he was.

Today, at age 25, my son says that diabetes forced him to be more discipled and to push himself even harder. It’s what made him who he is, he says. Jake went on to play in the NFL and today he has a new book out, a devotional, First and Goal – What Football Taught Me About Never Giving Up. He’s also starting a foundation (Type Won) to help kids with diabetes stay active and healthy.

Jake with his new bride, Emma.

Jake with his new bride, Emma.

So, if we are caught in a never-ending loop of bad circumstances or disappointment and don’t feel like–despite our prayers–we are being delivered out of them, talk to the Lord. Ask God how he can use these situations for the good.

WRITING PROMPT: Consider a day you wish never happened. What if you had to live that day again and again until you got it right? What would you do differently? How would different decisions send you down a new path? What if you couldn’t change the day, but could change your circumstances by changing your attitude? What could you accomplish if you truly embraced that God could use these bad circumstances for something amazing?

Have a great day!