Dear Hollywood, I don’t watch you much, but when I do I’d rather not view insipid depictions of so-called everyday life. Where has the imagination gone?

Where are the new stories that will inspire my own? Where are the insights into the human condition that catapult narratives into the beautiful? Where are the characters I want to cheer for? Why the morbidity? Why the hyper-crass? Why the nihilistic? Until your imagination returns, I won’t waste my time. 

Yours truly, Beauty-seeker

Timothy Willard is the author of five books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life and the forthcoming The Life-Giving Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019). He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.