With all the time we’re spending at home, I personally find myself watching a lot more movies than usual. As I like to do in all areas of my life I’ve decided to ask myself why I enjoy certain movies and how they might be impacting who I am and how I see the world. So if you’re looking for a few new movies to check out, I recommend trying out some from my list and asking yourself the same question. Entertainment should be insightful as well as entertaining.
1. Anne of Green Gables and the sequel
This is by far, hands down, beyond a shadow of a doubt my all-time FAVORITE movie.
The fact that I relate with the character of Anne on an almost frightening level is reason enough to allow myself to be carried away in her world of fantasy and flare.
However, beyond our shared kindred spirits, the storyline of this movie is what makes it inspiring. A young girl who adds flowery words to every situation and imagination to every encounter, finds herself growing up in a very simple and common world. As she chases after each new adventure she realizes that the simplicity of life is what makes it beautiful. Flare and imagination should allow you to enjoy your current circumstances all the more, not take you from them to somewhere that doesn’t exist.
2. End Of The Spear
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose” – Jim Elliot.
I remember watching this movie with my parents at a very young age and realizing that there was so much more to Christianity than simply claiming to be a “Christian”. These men gave up their everything, but they did so long before they lost their lives. They gave their everything the day they chose to follow Christ. What they gained was far more than salvation. They gained a relationship with their Savior. This made me see that anything I had to give up to have such a relationship was far worth it to me.
3. The Passion Of Christ:
Regardless of your viewpoints on this movie, it is powerful. Yes, I don’t agree with all of it, but I do know that my God loved me enough to go through that and much worst. What touches my soul about this movie is that it one, shows the closeness and deepens of the relationships Christ had with His followers, and two, that He went through that because He loved me. As he died that day He was thinking of me and the relationship I would one day have with Him.
4. Hacksaw Ridge
Desmond Doss went into WW2 with a mission. He had his eyes on one goal and one goal alone. While our brave soldiers where fighting to save our freedoms, Desmond was fighting to save lives. Neither mission was wrong or more important but they were different, and because of this they each saw different needs and were heroes in different ways. What inspires me about this movie is how Desmond kept his eye on his mission, refusing to be distracted. His mission wasn’t to win the war and defeat the enemy. His mission was to save lives. Because of this, when everyone else retreated for the betterment of their mission (which was to win the war) he stayed behind to fight his own war. In life, we all have our own missions and it is our job to fight for that cause to the end, always going back for one more.
Strength takes on many forms. Fighting back, refusing to move, standing up to wrong. But sometimes strength takes on the form of silence. Louis fought back, refused to move, and stood up to wrong inwardly by not allowing himself to break outwardly. If he would have swayed either way, lashing out in anger or crumbling under the pressure, his enemy would have won. The only person who can control your reactions to life is yourself. You may have been stripped from all other control of any area of your life, but no one can force you to react one way or another. Your actions are the only thing that you have complete control over. If you lose this control, then you’ve lost the battle.
6. The Hiding Place
I’ve have been asked and have asked myself many times how to explain unanswered prayers. The story of Corrie and Betsy Ten Boom would appear to be one of repetitive unanswered prayers. Of all people, wouldn’t it seem logical that God would answer this family’s requests? But instead, we see that the war does come, their attempts to saves Jews are destroyed, their family is divided, and all but Corrie loses their lives at the hands of the Nazis. How could any of this be an answer to prayer? Corrie makes the answer to this question very clear. God did answer her greatest prayer. He used her to reach souls. With every apparent “unanswered” prayer, God was actually answering a prayer that Corrie had prayed years before. A prayer to be used by the Lord. So in our lives, God always answers yes to His greater plan and we can trust in Him in what we cannot see.
7. The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler
“If you see a person drowning you must jump in to save them, whether you can swim or not.” Rescuing over 2,500 Jewish children as well as countless others during her time as a Social Worker, Irene is one of my greatest life inspirations. Serving as a Social Working at the beginning of WW2, Irene did all she could to help, but it wasn’t enough for her. Simply providing clothes, food, and medicine while turning a blind eye to the fact that these people were being shipped off to die was not enough. Though she was already doing more than most would deem necessary, Irene found herself giving everything to rescue children from certain death. I could go on and on about this woman (as I did in my National Speech back in High school) but the important thing to take from her life is that she didn’t simply do more than the next person, she gave her all.