What a busy week!! I’m sorry I haven’t posted very much recently. I have been helping plan Ladies Day for our congregation and have been busy building PowerPoint presentations (something I haven’t done since college) and other various things. I knew it had been a while since I had posted, but I knew it was really bad when my mom thought I was blocking her from seeing my posts :).
So, we had a planning session last night for our Ladies Day. After the meeting, we all stayed and watched a movie called “Letters To God”. It’s been out for a couple of years now. Honestly, I had never heard of it before. One of my friends highly recommended it, so we watched it.
It follows a true story about a 9 year old boy who has an aggressive brain tumor. It shows him going through his treatments and then recovery at home. It shows the different ways people act towards him. Some sad, some mad and some even jealous. If you watch it, make sure you have
some bunches of tissues. This is your warning…it’s a tear jerker!!!
At one point in the movie, the little boy, Tyler, can’t understand why another boy, Alex, is being mean to him at school. Tyler has a best friend, Sam, the cutest little girl ever!! Sam lives with her grandfather and one day they go over to talk to Grandpa, to see if he knows why Alex is mean to Tyler.
In a sweet and funny way, Grandpa tells Tyler that Alex might be jealous of Tyler. Well, Tyler can’t understand that at all. He has cancer…what’s to be jealous about??? Grandpa explains that perhaps God has chosen Tyler to be His warrior…to take His message to everyone. This gives Tyler an answer to a question he has, but more importantly, it gives him purpose. For the short amount of time he has, he has a job to do. He is a Warrior.
He takes this job very seriously. He tells Alex he forgives him for being mean to him. This small letter then has a chain reaction that has a huge effect on many people. During the course of all of this, Tyler writes letters to God. This is how he prays to God. The letters get collected by their mailman, who’s world is crumbling around him. He lost his wife, his son, and he’s very close to losing his job. He reads Tyler’s letters and delivers them to the people who Tyler is praying about.
Although this movie is heart breaking at times, it carries so many messages that we all could benefit from. I especially like the part of Tyler being God’s Warrior. His eyes lit up with excitement when he was charged with sharing God’s message.
This got me to thinking (I know…scary). We are all God’s Warriors. We have been charged with sharing His message with the world.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.
See…we’re God’s Warriors and He challenged us over 2000 years ago to share His Word with the world. Now, if a 9 year old boy with cancer could make such a big impact in the span of a few months, what can we do??? Tyler knew he had just a short amount of time on this earth, so it made his quest urgent. What about us? Do we know how much time we have left here???? It could be years. It could be days. Shouldn’t we have the same urgency that Tyler had?
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14.
We are promised right now…and nothing more. Please take every advantage you have and make the most out of every situation.