An odd outlook on life is the beginning of good comedic writing.
Fairly early in life, I noticed my brain was weird. By that I mean that I noticed it had a way of looking at normal things from a slightly twisted angle--just twisted enough that it often made me chuckle.
VeggieTales is something that, on paper, makes no sense at all. It is a series of children's videos where limbless, talking vegetables act out Bible stories. Try raising money with that pitch.
In truth, I sat down in 1992 to make a kids' show that I would want to watch with my kids. That would work for me. That would have sincerity in it, but not too much. That would mix what I loved about Monty Python and David Letterman with what I hungered for from Thomas Aquinas and Mother Theresa.
That's right! You're watching the DVD! So, the coolness of what the bowing man is doing is self-evident to you!
We're all broken. We're all messed up pigs. When we can accept that, we're ready to become the new creations God intended us to be. And that's when the fun starts!
And for two years, we had this sign up saying we will finish this movie and we changed it to 'did' finish the movie.
Thanks for coming! And, I have to make another movie, now.
The most important thing is not the work I can do for God. The most important thing is to make God the most important thing.
As you can see, we're about to visit our lower level which is--for the most part--full of Mens and Infants.
Why would God want us to let go of our dreams? Because anything I am unwilling to let go of is an idol, and I am in sin.
It is pretty clear in the Bible story that the whale swallowing Jonah wasn't meant as a punishment from God, it was God saving him from drowning. So it was actually provision to give him a second chance. The whale itself was the start of Jonah's second chance.