EDIT - u/Whitified made some great points about this film and the Kendrick Brothers' filmmaking endeavors in this comment that I found to be quite convicting. Perhaps I was hasty in recommending this film - I certainly did not examine it in minute detail for Biblical accuracy, I'm more a fan than a critic when it comes to movies. Given the Kendrick Brothers' previous track record with Fireproof, War Room and Courageous, which certainly do not portray men of faith in a positive light compared to the "strong women" in the films, his concern is certainly warranted and I feel it is important to share at the top of this post. Please read the comment and prayerfully consider all of this if you are going to see this film.
I just got back from seeing the new Kendrick Brothers’ film Overcomer. It was definitely their best film yet. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it. The themes presented in the movie cover everything from salvation to forgiveness and your life’s purpose. Now obviously I’m not going to give any spoilers, but here’s a short synopsis:
Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team and state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant shuts down and hundreds of families leave their town, John questions how he and his family will face an uncertain future. After reluctantly agreeing to coach cross-country, John and his wife, Amy, meet an aspiring athlete who's pushing her limits on a journey toward discovery. Inspired by the words and prayers of a new-found friend, John becomes the least likely coach helping the least likely runner attempt the impossible in the biggest race of the year.
One of the things several characters were asked during the film, was “Who are you?"
When everything is stripped away – your family, your job, your activities, the things you invest your time doing – if you were to lose any or all of those things tomorrow (God forbid), who would you be? How would you describe yourself? What would define you instead of those things?
Would you have a life’s purpose beyond lifting weights, basketball, football, cross-country running? Beyond your family, spouse and children if you have them, friends, people at church? Beyond Red Pill and RPChristians?
If everything you loved was taken from you, if God allowed that to happen to you, what would define you? What would you say about yourself to share with people who you really are? And what stands in the way of defining yourself in that way right now?
For me, the answer is simple: what defines me is that I exist to serve God and lead others to Him. To help them understand how to be saved by sharing the Gospel with them and answering their questions. To guide them into a deeper relationship with Him through ministering to them where they need help and guidance (which I also do when I’m not online). To glorify God by showing His power in my life to change me from what I used to be into what I am, and continue to grow in Him toward what I have yet to become. To reach others who believe that God would never want anything to do with them because they think they are beyond the reach of God’s redemption and forgiveness. To inspire hope in what God can do in their lives if they let Him. To help them find their purpose in, and Mission for, Christ.
When you die one day, what will those who knew you say about you? What will your family say about you? How will you be remembered? What will the people in your life highlight as your achievements, your successes? What will they say about your character? How will you be remembered? Will you be spoken of as someone who had true faith in Christ? Someone who made a difference for eternity? What will be the legacy that you leave?
For those who are not currently satisfied with their life’s progress and spiritual maturity and may have a hard time answering these questions in a way they are happy with, what are you going to do about it?
I look forward to your answers.