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Surprisingly Deep Lessons From Megamind

What do you do if you’re a funny looking blue man with a big bald head?

Megamind is a film about finding our meaning in life despite overwhelming odds. The film is named after its main character, Megamind. The baby that grew up to become Megamind was jettisoned from his planet, but was raised on earth by inmates in a prison. At the same time, another baby came to earth, but this one was raised by loving parents in a wealthy home. This baby eventually became Metro Man.

Both Megamind and Metro Man grow up to lead the lives seemingly predestined for them. Megamind becomes an evil genius who desires to rule the world; Metro Man becomes the superhero whose mission is to thwart Megamind’s plans.

(spoiler alert) The two fight each other until one day, almost accidentally, Megamind destroys Metro Man. The film then explores what happens to evil when good is no longer present. Does Megamind continue to have a reason to exist? Does he still wish to be evil? Without a nemesis to fight against him, Megamind becomes a lost soul. Even creating an archenemy for himself does not solve his problems. Megamind decides to face his own humanity and embrace it. He does this by finding love and changing his life. At the same time, Metro Man struggles with his reason for existence, and chooses to lead a “normal” life.

Although Megamind presents itself as a lighthearted family film—which it is—there are also many lessons we can learn about the human condition.  

Do not be quick to judge.
People judged Megamind on his looks, his past, and his behavior. But Megamind was a misfit. His persona did not match his inner ambitions: to be loved by others. He finally realized that he needed to change his ways for people to accept and love him. This was difficult, because, based on his past actions, it was difficult for people to believe in him.

It is human nature to judge others on their outward appearances, but God looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” This is also a lesson for us—as disciples of Jesus—to not be so quick to judge others. Only God knows their hearts. We need to recognize what God is doing in their lives and love them all the way to Jesus.

Do not give up.
In the film, we learn that Metro Man became tired of putting on his super cape and fighting evil. He simply wanted to have a normal, stress-free life. But there were consequences as a result. Evil ran amok.

Sometimes it is easier for us to give up than exert the time and energy to make disciples. The apostle Paul has some words of advice for us from Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” If we give up, Satan wins, but if we continually seek others, God will be glorified!

Everyone has the power to change.
Although Megamind was poorly shaped by his environment and was seemingly destined to be evil forever, he overcame his upbringing and changed. The movie ends with the moral, “Destiny is not the path given to us, but the path we choose for ourselves.” Very deep for a family movie!

Every person has the power to change, no matter how bad the situation is for him or her. There is hope for that person on skid row. The ex-con or the alcoholic may have the potential to build an incredible church. We need to always remember that, “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). He has the power to change everyone!

 

What do you see when you look in the mirror? What do you see when you look at others?

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