The other night I watched Ex Machina, a sci-fi thriller on artificial intelligence. For those of you who will watch the movie, no spoilers here.

The movie was well executed and the storyline intriguing, overall it left me silent, thoughtful, introverted.

In life, we have strong desires and wants. There are always the kind of people who will stop at nothing to get what they want. No matter who or what they have to go through to reach it.

Sometimes, in the drive to achieve it’s easy to forget there’s always another side to the story. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our side we’re blinded by what we’re missing.

In Ex Machina, a young programmer wins the opportunity to test the first artificial intelligence, but something is going on behind the scenes.

In the moment, it comes down to choosing to trust the Creator or the Created. Which is often a the same choice we have to make in our lives.

In our drive to fame and fortune are we thinking things through? Are we factoring in that there are two sides to every story? Do we understand that our Creator is looking out for us and has our best interest in mind if only we’ll pay attention.

This month, it’s a time of thanksgiving and preparation for the Holiday season. A season that can be the most wonderful time of the year, also the most stressful, hectic and expensive. There are parties to attend, friends and family to see, gifts to buy, cards to mail and huge meals to cook, serve and eat.

In the rush it can be easy to run people over, especially the ones who work in customer service, the holidays are likely their least favorite time of the year. It may be easy to forget those people have lives; they aren’t artificial intelligence (at least not yet). They have families and frustrations, good days and bad days.

This holiday season, during a time when being grateful and giving are at an all time high, remember there’s another side to every story. Sometimes we can’t see the big picture as we focus on our desires, but being kind and generous to others is always in our best interest.

As you spend time being grateful, don’t forget about the ones silently doing great things for you. And never forget you have a Creator, who has your best interest in mind.

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