The 39 Cent DVD

It was one of those DVDs you find in the 39 cent clearance box at the Christian bookstore.  We bought it to use as a gag gift at a Christmas party.  Our thinking was that most of the full-priced DVDs at the Christian bookstore are terrible so the 39 cent one must be really bad.

Merry Christmas, sucker!

Well, when the Christmas party was over my young son was the one who got the 39 cent DVD.  And, to make matters worse, he didn’t get the joke.  He was really excited to have a new DVD that we could all watch together as a family.

Hi, my name is Jay Sanders and I am a sucker.  Merry Christmas!

Over the weekend my sons and I spent a lot of time getting ravaged by the flu.  When you are in the process of being ravaged by the flu and you’ve had all the sleep that you can handle, you’re left with nothing but television.

In our case, that meant the 39 cent DVD.

The first episode on our DVD was a cartoon adaptation of the Good Samaritan and it exposed my sin more than if I had listened to a Keith Green song while watching footage of starving children.  It was just another reminder of the power of Jesus’ words, even when those words are presented in a cartoon format on a 39 cent DVD.

I wasn’t convicted because there was a particular person or group of people that I didn’t want to help.  I’m usually the guy to stop and help anyone on the side of the road, no matter what they look like or what they’re doing.

Honey, that man is holding a bloody axe and has a fresh pentagram carved in his forehead.  Please don’t stop this time.

The reason why I was convicted was because of my pride.  If I was the man who was beaten, robbed and left for dead I would have secretly cursed the guys that ignored me but said, “No, I’m good” to the Samaritan stopped.  I was convicted because of how easily I forget that I need help.

There’s nothing like the flu to remind you that you’re not Superman.

My wife had been telling me all day that I should find people to fill in for me at church the next day.  She even named a list of men that could easily take my place.

No thanks.  I’m good.


Minutes after we were finished watching the 39 cent DVD I was on the phone asking four different men to help me.  To put it another way, I was telling four different men that no, in fact, I’m not good.  I need help.

I don’t think that any of them were surprised.

So the next time you walk by a 39 cent DVD at your local Christian bookstore maybe you should pick one up.

You might need something to watch if you ever get the flu.

And it might be a little better than you bargained for.