There is a touching scene in the movie “Ratatouille” where the villain Anton Ego Nostalgia experiences a transformation. Anton is a hard and unforgiving food critic whose reviews can make or break a restaurant. He carries his large critic’s pen like a blunt weapon waiting for its next victim. He enters the once famous “Gusteau's Restaurant” that since has been downgraded by previous reviews he wrote. Anton Ego is sitting at a table like a mean judge ready to pass sentence without mercy when he is served a simple peasant dish (a poor man’s meal). He takes the first bite and is instantly transported back to his childhood, a time when he was a person . . . a time where he felt loved. Tears flow from his eyes, as he remembers what it was like to be so alive.
Back in the present, Anton’s lethal pen crashes to the ground like a large anvil as if unburdening him. Then his perpetual scowl is replaced by a warm smile as he devours the rest of the humble food.
Everyone has heart - not the muscle that pumps between 5 and 10 pints of blood through your veins, but a spiritual heart . . . The deepest part of you . . . The part that believes or despairs, is angry or lustful, where passion lives as well as deadness . . .The part of you that is deeply moved by a sunset or a beautiful song . . . The part that is crushed by rejection or elated by good news. It is because of your heart that there exists a voice in you that cries out, “There must be more!”
Even The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz acknowledges that he could not do anything without that unseen part of us called the heart.
“Just to register emotion, jealousy, devotion,
And really feel the part.
I could stay young and chipper
and I'd lock it with a zipper,
If I only had a heart.”
If I Only Had a Heart
The Wizard of Oz
Fortunately Anton Ego found his heart from a childhood memory of what once was.
The way back to a passionate life-filled heart is not complicated but as simple as letting God help you rediscover your heart. The reality is that “the way” never really left you - It was only obscured by the fog of life. Paul promises in Roman,
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”
Jesus is ever standing in the doorway or our hearts seeking entrance, waiting for us to reconnect with Him and ourselves.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears
my voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.