Vocational Hazards

I’ve been getting into the show “Lie to Me”. I’m not sure if the show is still on TV, but I have been watching it from Netflix.

The basic idea about the show is centered on a team of “Lie Detection Experts.” They are hired by the FBI to do special missions to see if someone is telling a lie or not. The main character, Dr. Cal Lightman, is an expert on studying people’s faces and non-verbal cues to tell what one is hiding behind their lies. He is training other agents to be able to grow in his knowledge, as well.

The pilot episode has a closing scene where the viewing audience is able to watch Dr. Cal as he passes through a crowd at the end of his day. Dr. Cal is so consumed with studying people that he cannot turn it off. The scene ends with the audience to attempt to evaluate this scenario. Does Dr. Cal have passion, or is it an obsession?

As God’s people, we have a deep capacity to be consumed by something. To view all of life through the lens of the kingdom, that people are deeply loved by God and that his mercy is making all things new.

This is our vocational hazard; a deep and contagious hope in the renewal of all things. What will apprehend you today?


Published by joeskillen

I'm a husband, dad of 2, Pastor at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita, KS.

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