Because we talked a bit about rock music on Friday, it only seems appropriate for this Movie Monday to take a look back at the 2003 film, which has recently become a Broadway musical, School of Rock. This is the story of a struggling musician, Dewey Finn, who just got kicked out of a band. He steps in as a substitute teacher for a prep school, where he discovers his fourth grade students are talented classical musicians. So he decides to form a band with them, teaching them rock music instead of the regular school curriculum. He then enters them in a Battle of the Bands competition, hoping he can win money to pay off his rent.
This humorous film starring Jack Black is not only good for when you need a laugh, but it is also inspiring. In one scene, Dewey gives encouragement to one of the students, Tomika, who is scared to sing in front of people. He also helps another student, Zack, come out of his shell and share a song that he wrote for the band. Although Dewey is not always the wisest or most responsible character in the film, he is good at finding the unique gifts and talents that others possess. Because of this, he is able to offer them encouragement and inspiration to become the best musician/rock star that they can be.
Why don’t we start off this week by being more encouraging to one another? Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” It can be so easy to be critical of others (especially when it’s a Monday and your favorite team lost the Super Bowl), but I want to challenge you to start off the week by building each other up. Go out of your way to say something nice to someone. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up starting a band together!