Maverick’s disengaging! (spoiler alerts, circa 1986)

I love Top Gun.  The movie became a recruitment tool for the US Navy – I seriously considered it as a career path myself. I hope not because of the movie but if we’re being honest, that’s probably it. Thank goodness I’m so terrible at calculus the navy took a pass on me.

Recent pop culture references to the movie, which are fantastic, have set me to reminiscing over the finer moments in the film. I remember after Goose dies (I warned you!) and Maverick has to get back in the air, he freezes and Iceman panics – shouting “Maverick’s disengaging!”.

As all fans of the movie, of course I identify as Maverick. I disengage all the time. Every time my phone rings, I have to talk myself into answering it. I get a text and spend so long pondering my answer that I forget and leave it delivered, read, and without a response. Don’t even get me started on my dysfunctional pattern of face to face interaction – with people I like! I’m wired to prefer solitude. I’m afraid of rejection and inferiority and gosh, politeness.

This year I resolved only two simple things, as outlined in Auld Lang Syne

1. Give more.

Give recklessly of time, money, love, friendship, and affection.

2. Have less.

Hang onto what matters. Let go of what doesn’t.

So, since these resolutions are based in my faith, and I’ve been working through a plan to completely read through the Bible in 90 days AND in a year, I get constant reinforcement of the notion of community. God made us to live in community and to love other people.

So what I need is Iceman, shouting out when I’m disengaging. Has anyone ever called the Holy Spirit “Iceman” before?

So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 the Messsage


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