I went to see Would I Lie To You? a few weeks ago – it was pretty funny. One of the every-weekers on that show is David Mitchell, who I find very funny. And he also writes regularly for The Guardian, which makes me happy.
And a couple of weeks ago he hit the nail right on the head when he went into a lot of detail about how disappointing he found a Michelin-starred restaurant, primarily because it had a Michelin star.
To sum him up, the restaurant is a really nice restaurant but the fact that it has a Michelin star suddenly increased his expectations so much that he was almost guaranteed not to enjoy it. The same’s true of watching a film – if you just switch channels and happen to watch a film that’s just started, the chances are you’ll really enjoy it. But if you massively hype up a film by selling it as the best thing ever but it just isn’t quite that good, you’ll end up thinking it’s rubbish.
Case in point: as a teenager a bunch of friends wanted to watch Black Hawk Down, telling me it was the best film out that year. I wanted something funny though, so I went with one friend of mine to watch Rat Race, not expecting it to be that good. At the end of the film, my friend and I were still rolling around in laughter at this absolute genius film while the rest of the group left disappointed.
Coming in to land. Eternity with Jesus is going to be absolutely amazing – the best thing ever. Every tear will be wiped away, there’ll be no sin, no death, no pain, no sickness, only endless joy, excitement, relief, love, peace, and everything else good. And however good we make it sound, here’s the cast-iron guarantee: it will only ever be better, forever! We will never be let down because of hype or hysteria but continuously blown away by God’s extravagant grace and mercy.
I’m looking forward to that.