Well at the other end of the spectrum from the Horrible Bosses waste of a precious hour of my life fiasco of last week, tonight I watched soul surfer, released on DVD August 2nd, with my family.
Soul surfer is the story of 13-year-old surfer, Bethany Hamilton, who loses her arm, quite possibly her dream of becoming a professional surfer, and very nearly her life, in a shark attack. Click on the link below to see the trailer:
Bethany is an incredibly courageous and determined young woman, who refuses to give up her dream or wallow in self-pity. In continuing to compete in surfing championships, Bethany becomes an inspiration, not only to those who face similar daunting odds in life, but to us all. Near the end of the movie, a reporter asks her if, given the chance to do it all again, she would choose not to go surfing on the day of the attack. Bethany responds that she would not change what happened to her even if she could, because everything she has gone through has enabled her to embrace far more people than she would have if she still had two arms.
I’m not an overly sentimental person, but this movie brought tears to my eyes, and served as a strong reminder to me, and hopefully to my children, that, as Bethany’s dad reminds her, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Bethany’s story is one that will stay with me, and I will recall her inspiring determination to fulfill her purpose, and live her life to the fullest, whenever I face a challenge, likely small in comparison, and am tempted to quit or take the easy way out.
Now that is two hours of my life I don’t regret giving up at all.
Press on, my friends. Press on,