I enjoyed the movie although it may not be for everyone. Now that's it's on DVD I'd say it's definitely worth a few bucks for anyone to rent. (Note: it is rated 'R').
I'm not going to give away the ending just in case you want to check it out. But I will tell you that Chris made it to Alaska and lived what he thought was the ideal life for a while. By the end of his time there it is apparent that the joyful life he was looking for had more to do with his focus, his attitude, than his surroundings. It also became obvious to him that a happy life had to include others.
The point was for us to not lose our focus. It's obvious that we can be distracted by work/school, etc. But we also need to realize we can lose focus even when working for God. I've certainly seen instances where someone's mission, ministry, program or outreach became more about their efforts and accomplishments than a way to impact others the way Christ wants us to. I don't think it ever starts this way - it's simply a lack of (or loss of) focus.
By remaining focused on our relationship with Christ we grow closer to him. The closer we grow to him the more we want to please him, the more we want him to be proud of us. It's exactly like the bond between a parent and child. In a relationship like that, one that's based on love and selfless thinking, we don't strive to serve the other person out of some sense of obligation. Our love for them makes us want to please them. It makes us want to serve them.
When we have this type of relationship with Jesus we automatically become servants. We can't help but to want to go out and feed the hungry, provide clothing to the needy, find shelter for the homeless...you get the point. We can't help but to want and go out and treat people the way Christ would have. It all boils down to our focus.
Christ offers happiness. He offers joy. He offers fulfillment. We're not going to find it running around trying to keep ourselves busy. We're not going to find it out alone in the wilderness. The only thing we have to do is fix our eyes on him. Everything else will come naturally.
I received some very kind feedback after the lesson last night from several people. Paul Brownlow went so far as to say I should be preaching more. I told him that if I get the chance to fill in now and then I probably would. As for the pulpit at Legacy, I assure you that position is set securely within the capable hands of Allan. I even checked in with him for some pointers to tie all this together. I'll leave you with the first thing out of his mouth:
Matthew 6:33 - seek ye first the kingdom of God