The Road

The Road It seems a little odd to encourage you to read a book that won the Pulitzer. It’s much like saying, “You should try my mom’s banana pudding.” Its greatness goes without saying and certainly doesn’t require my endorsement. However, I saw something in the book that was noble and good.  

The Road, written by Cormac McCarthy in 2006, tells the story of a father and his young son trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world. It is currently in production as a movie to come out in November 2008. I won’t spoil the story but I want to point out two elements and make a point. In the story, the father instills in his son at a very early age a sense of destiny and goodness. 

Throughout the book the father and son (no names are ever given) talk about being “good guys.” The boy has a certainty about this and comments from time to time, “Because we are the good guys.” His father always reassures, “Yes, because we are the good guys.” The other element of the story that I love is a phrase that appears several times in the same fashion, the father tells the boy, “You carry the fire.” Though the author doesn’t explain it, the boy understands what it means and it is a critical part of his destiny throughout the story. 

At several junctures in the story, the boy calls his father back to his humanity. The goodness, that fire, set in his heart was there to pull his father back to his true self. Do your kids know that we carry the fire? Do they display that heart and character that embraces goodness? Does the nobility of their young hearts, show through when life throws struggles in their way?   

Perhaps you’re ahead of me but allow me to make this point. Paul wrote, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son” (Romans ). God made us to be like Jesus. We are to do good things, to help others, to love the unlovable, to serve the ungrateful, to give to the selfish, to right wrongs, to lift the fallen, to challenge tyrants, to defend the helpless, to express God’s heart to a world who doesn’t know him. Teach your children, we carry that fire. 

telemicus out

2 Responses to The Road

  1. Doug B says:

    two apocalyptic themes in a row. good thing I’m not a counselor, I might have to read something into that… :)
    I just finished lunch with a friend/boss. He is trying to start a window business and asked me to help. I agreed and have been giving time and effort beyond compensation due to friendship. Yesterday was the third attempt on his part to delay payment for contract work. Today at lunch I had to quit. I lost sleep due to this situation and have struggled to do the “right thing” since I’m not completely sure what that is. My son has overheard some of the discussion between Cindy and I about this and I never know what exactly he picks up on. I’m a bit lost but I think I’m out of cheeks to turn. God forgive me.

  2. cindy smith says:

    This is so good. Love the opening… clever and perfect! But makes me want to read the book. You should get some type of commision. I like the last paragraph… “we are to do good things…” That’s it!! The “hard” stuff. now THAT is HARD! your really doing well. proud of you.

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