Rio is the animated movie about a macaw named Blu that inadvertently ends up in Minnesota and gets raised as a pet. He is later sought out by a ornothologist from Rio De Janeiro because he is the last known male of his species.
When Blu and his owner arrive in Rio De Janeiro he meets the fiercely independent Jewel and takes off on an adventure that is a whirlwind of discovery.
One of the humorous themes throughout the movie is that Blu cannot fly. When challenged by other birds about this he spouts off statistics about the numbers of bird species that are flightless; but the other birds see it as a lame excuse for not being who he really is.
As you might guess, one of the triumphal moments in the movie, towards the very end, is when Blu discovers he really can fly. In the midst of his euphoria and delight he shouts out – “I’m not an ostrich!”
Take a moment to consider who you are or how you see yourself. Now wrestle with the reality that your Creator made you to be more! I’m not saying that as a put-down or to make you feel badly about yourself. I’m pointing this out simply because we need to realize who we are as children of God with the innate potential to become more and more like Jesus.
Anyone can sin. Anyone can hold a grudge. Anyone can gossip. Anyone can try to make life revolve around them. Anyone can hoard their resources rather than share with those in need. But that’s like Blu going through life without flying. It’s not natural for those of us who are intended by God to become more like Jesus; living and loving as He did.
16-18Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that
God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (The Message)
Like Blu we need to recognize and declare… “I’m not an ostrich!”