My husband and I went to see the new movie Overcomers, this past weekend! I identify well with Coach John Harrison as he believes his talent in coaching a winning team means he is successful. When his team lost and many of his players move away, he is not only disappointed but he believes he isn’t a success. He doesn’t see any way that he will win if he coaches a one-girl cross country team, especially as she also has asthma.
A Real Win!
Hannah Scott, the cross country runner, comes from a very difficult background. She is told by her grandmother who raises her, that both of her parents are dead. Eventually she is introduced to her biological father who she doesn’t know still exists but he is on his death bed. She realizes the love he has for her and that he wants a relationship with his daughter, Hannah. He seeks her forgiveness for his past in drug use. Her father ends up coaching her, from his bed in the hospital. In this last race, she wins in her very last race where she against several other schools.
Principal Olivia Brooks, played by Priscilla Shirer, takes time to explain to Hannah Scott, what a relationship with Christ is about and leads her to Christ. She tells her who she is according to what Ephesians 1-2, written by the apostle Paul says. This is a great resource for all believers to study and believe who we truly are.
- Saved by grace, through faith
- God’s handiwork
- Fellow citizens
I so often tie my identity to the roles I play. This movie motivates me to look at who I really am in Christ. I should not allow the roles I play to define me.
What we think defines us and gives us significance in this life often blinds us to our identity and purpose-glorified beings born blind to first see and then be the light in the darkness.Ted Dekker, The Way of Love