Not too long ago, I asked my son if he had watched the reboot of the Fantastic Four yet. Wish I could put into this post the trembling sound that accompanied his reply,
As funny as it was to hear that fearful tone, it was trumped moments later when I pulled the movie out of our library and headed toward the DVD player:
“But I’ve been good!”
Thank you, Fox Studios. The varied success of the X-Men movies aside, you have planted seeds of doubt and mistrust in the heart and mind of my son.
Well, I am not one who has ever allowed my kids to avoid something they don’t want when I think there might be a lesson in it for them, so of course the disc was fed into the machine and we sat down to enjoy the show.
If you are not familiar with the attempts from Marvel to make these characters into another version of the box-office juggernaut Avengers, then you might be in a good place. Not being subjected to two of the Fantastic Four movies has probably left you with a little more confidence in Marvel.
The movie was a re-boot of the franchise, and it altered the story line quite a bit. I grew up reading comics, and one of the biggest things I have had to come to grips with during this onslaught of super hero movies has been the constant use of the re-boot. I have gotten better about it, and this movie proves the point I am going to try to make.
As the movie started, I told Zach to forget about the other two movies that were made and enter this experience with fresh eyes. I wanted him to judge this movie on its own merit rather than comparing it to other movies whether they were good or bad.
At the end of the movie I asked him what he thought about it and he agreed that while it was not the best movie he has seen, it was not a bad movie. It was a great transition into discussing expectations versus reality when it comes to communicating thoughts, and how something that seems to be great may not always translate to an audience we are trying to reach. Since he is looking into marketing as a career, I think that is going to be a big part of his life moving forward.
Expectations are good things, but we when we expect something from a person, we need to be sure that they are capable of delivering on that expectation. If they are not, then we need to change the expectation. Holding someone to an expectation they cannot achieve is wrong on our part – not theirs.
Relentless Growth requires us to look not just at how we view our expectations of others, but also at ourselves. Do we set expectations that we cannot reach? Sometimes we do. It’s good to stretch, but there are things we cannot achieve on our own, and we are just as wrong to hold ourselves to those unrealistic expectations as we are to hold others to the impossible.
God has standards and expectations that we cannot reach our own. There are gaps of holiness that we can’t get past, but He was willing to provide His Son to us in order to bridge those gaps and allow us access to Him. He doesn’t ask us for more than we can do, but He does ask us to let Him do in us what we cannot do for ourselves. We CAN have the expectation that the unfailing God will pull through and deliver on His Word.
So, get ready for Him to do Fantastic things! (Yeah. that was a groaner!)