While its’ unclear actually who coined the phrase, “timing is everything,” this nugget of truth still applies today. Whether you are engaging in a conversation, watching a movie or reading a book, if the timing isn’t right, your interest will quickly fade. Such is the case of a film I recently enjoyed, 7 Days in Utopia. As a channel surfer like most bored Americans, I stumbled across this film a few times in the past, catching it at the wrong moment. However, last night, shortly after the opening scene, I was hooked til the conclusion.
Robert Duvall plays a Yoda like character, training Luke Chisholm, a talented but hot tempered young professional, played by Lucas Black. Duvall takes a person who is a cross between Tin Cup and Happy Gilmore for 7 days to work on his beliefs, mind and perspective. Trying to overcome the demons in life, Duvall reveals the scars from his past that cut short his own professional career. With a different focus each day, Chisholm is caught off guard, realizing there is more to life than hitting a little white golf ball into a hole. On Easter Sunday, this week comes to an end while another journey is about to begin.
Seven Days in Utopia is based upon David Lamar Cook’s novel Golf’s Sacred Journey, Seven Days at the Links of Utopia. Although, the movie portrays Utopia as a place, its actually a state of mind. As citizens of earth prepare for an eternal resting place, the power of the Holy Spirit can transform neighborhoods into pieces of heaven on earth. Whether you play golf or not, I recommend this film to all who seek a higher calling, looking for more than just living 9-5. May God lead you to a spiritual utopia.
by Jay Mankus