Recently I watched the DVD release of the 2011 documentary "Life in a Day." (It’s also available on You Tube.) Filmmaker Ridley Scott ("Gladiator") produced this collection of videos that have been compiled from more than 5,000 hours of footage shot by mostly amateur filmmakers the world over to create a portrait of the people and the planet on July 24, 2010.
Think of it as a global social experiment. Think of it as a time capsule of one day in your life. Think of it as art, displaying God’s glorious creation in nature and in the faces of people.
The framework of the film goes from midnight to midnight. We see how people sleep, start their day, prepare their food, live, love, laugh and celebrate life. We see births - of a human, of a giraffe, of a baby chick. All of it is sad and messy and beautiful and important to see.
Some of the short stories are the highlights of the film. Widower Hiroaki Aikawa and his son Taiji struggle together in their morning routine, which includes paying respects by lighting incense in memory of their wife and mother. Cathy and Bob Liginski share their fight with her cancer and their fears of what the next year will be like. Be sure to check out the story of Cain Abel, a child laborer with a laptop.
And then, there are the Christians. One gentleman stands with his family and tells the viewers what he loves. He lists his family, his land, his many animals and then proclaims his love for the Lord. At first, when I saw it, I wondered if the editors placed the shot in the film ironically, as a way for Christians to be mocked. Surely, there were lots of clips sent in to YouTube that proclaimed Christ and showed Christians around the world living life and praising God. Now I think that this man was just what the filmmakers wanted: someone who directly stated what he believed.
I’d like to think that if I had filmed a portion of my day that it too would have shown me - Ron - the Christian guy. Maybe I’d take a walk by Lake Ontario to show Toronto in the distance, or maybe a suppertime meal with my family would do the trick.
My question for you is this: what part of your day would you share with global viewers? How would that clip proclaim that you are a Christian?