Bollywood, on the other hand, never forgot about their audience and the common beauty in the lives of those who come to the theaters. But Hollywood was perhaps too absorbed in the demented version of reality that they lived and wanted to force on the rest of us. Bollywood still captures all the beauty and fantasy of life so well, and perhaps their successes are a reminder to the rest of us that, when we live by God’s principles of love and respect for each other, we can still have successful lives of fulfillment. God’s principles are stamped on nature itself such that anyone living within the world that He has created and living by the principles that He has woven into His creation can find the happiness and enjoyment that He intended for us all to have and which hopefully will guide the individual back to Him. You can see the celebratory enjoyment of life so well captured in Bollywood films. Above all, life is meant to be enjoyed, although meant to be enjoyed in a relationship with our Creator who will keep us on the right path of good character and successful relationships in our families and with our fellow human beings. But there are so many ways to live a life that gives meaning and happiness to the individual anywhere in the world with all of his or her unique qualities. Moreover, in living that life, God has given us so many gifts to bring us pleasure.
It would seem that God’s gifts to us are too numerous to count sometimes, but I’ll recount some of them here. Art is one of those gifts with all the possible colors that can be put into the various expressional media. Language is another gift from God with the orderly rules for language to express our ideas and the multitude of possible ways to express those ideas in literature or electronic media such as movies. Additionally, modern movies would be much less enjoyable without one of the greatest gifts God has given us, music. Music is stamped with God’s limitless creativity in the orderliness of musical notes spaced with precise intervals, in the orderliness of chord formation, and in the infinite variety of possible expressions within music with different timing, syncopation, levels of formality, musical instruments, combinations of instruments, types of accompaniment, etc., etc. Moreover, with all of these possible ways to express ourselves, God has given us the incredible beauty of nature around us to inspire us with its drama, its multitude of colors, and its serenity.
Lastly, we would not be able to enjoy these gifts if we did not have our five senses to take in the endless possible experiences and if we did not have our individual lives. Life itself is a tremendous gift, although it is too easy to forget that when circumstances become difficult. It is so hard for us to take things in perspective when we are in the midst of trouble. But as with all of life’s experiences, even troubles have their limitation. If they are not limited in time, troubles are limited in their ability to keep us down, to break our spirit, to stop us from dreaming and remembering the good times in life. And when all else fails, we always have God to turn to. He should not be our last resort, although He often is. But when we do turn, He is always there, and He is always ready to express His love for us, to comfort us, and to give us strength. Perhaps this is the greatest gift, the relationship we can have with Him.