Yesterday the kids and I watched the movie, The Croods.
I was really impressed by the spiritual aspect of it.
To me, the plot of this story was about a daughter, Eep, who is ready to grow up and leave the house (well, the cave), but because of the dangerous world they live in, her dad, Grug, doesn't think she is ready. His only focus is to keep Eep and the rest of his family safe, to protect them from the dangers of the world by tucking them safely away in their nice, warm, safe (but dark) cave.
Eep gets discouraged, and in typical teenage fashion asks, "What's the point of all this?"
As the movie continues, we see that their cave gets destroyed and they are forced to face an ever changing world.
Finally, Grug realizes that he can't protect his family from the world forever. When things get really scary, and the world starts falling apart, the suggestion is made to hurry and get back to a cave. That's when Grug has an epiphany:
"No more dark, no more caves, what's the point of all this? To follow the light."
That was deep-
It made me think: Just like Grug, there's going to come a time when we're not going to be able to protect our kids as much as we'd like. I'm learning that however hard it may be, we need to let them grow up and begin to make their own decisions. We can't shield them forever. BUT we can teach them to Follow the Light. Our whole purpose here on this earth, "the point of all this" is to navigate through the dangers of this world by following the Light.