Saw the movie over Christmas break and was moved! I love true stories that inspire. This man, Louise Zamperini, was extremely strong-willed, stubborn, and did whatever he thought was right as a child. Being a teacher and mother, I recognize these qualities in children and know that if they make it to adulthood, they will be successful. Louie was always in trouble at school and with the local police; yet his family being well respected continued to discipline and pray for him. His brother spoke words of truth into his life: “You are better than you think you are!” and “If you can take it, you can make it!” His brother also encouraged him to run because he was good at it having been running from school and police every day. With his brother’s guidance, he focused his stubborn energy in running and trained to be the best; to win at the Olympics. The war took him away from the Olympics and his family but his strong beliefs stuck with him and kept him alive.

God tells us often about the power of our words. Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen”. Ephesians 4:15 “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is Christ”.

This movie demonstrates the importance to speaking life to others. Encouraging and building others up creates dynamic attitudes and successful opportunities. The problem occurs when we focus on self and we don’t “feel” like being positive or uplifting. It is easy to tear others down because it makes us feel better. If only we realized the blessing in helping others. The amazing part of the movie occurs after he has survived the horrific abuse, he goes on to live a long, happy life by forgiving those whom abused him in war camps. If he was unable to forgive, his life would have been plagued with bitterness, resentment and hate which would have slowly destroyed him like a cancer. After a plea to God for his life, he spent his years living for God and giving thanks for his very difficult, nearly impossible life. I highly recommend watching this movie!

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