Life is an adventure! (And the brave gets a real tank for a prize!)
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” – Romans 8:15
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
“Don’t assume that your suffering gives you permission to give up. Do trust that the Lord will magnify His strength through your weakness.” – Chuck Swindoll
Buongiorno Principessa! Who could forget the movie Life is Beautiful? Perhaps one of the most fascinating films ever made about the triumph of the human spirit during the Second World War, the story revolves around the staggeringly ingenious and outrageously unorthodox ways that Guido Orefice devised to save his son Joshua from being killed in a Nazi concentration camp.
One of the most unforgettable scenes in the film was when Guido created an opportunity during the most unlikely of circumstances. When a Nazi soldier asked for someone to translate from German to Italian the rules and regulations in the concentration camp, Guido volunteered himself to do the job in spite of not being able to speak a single word of German! He did this so that he could make his son believe that the entire experience of being held in a concentration camp is but part of a grand game wherein the first person to earn 1,000 points would emerge the victor and be given a real tank for a prize!
Guido had laid his life on the line to save his young son while they were in one of the most horrifying places in the history of mankind. Guido’s love for his son reminds us of the sacrificial love of our Father in Heaven for us. He sent his own son Jesus to die the most humiliating death so that we can become part of His family and made co-heirs with Christ! We were given a new identity and that identity is imbued with a spirit of power! From being slaves to sin, we have been made more than conquerors through him who loved us. The journey from being slaves to becoming sons has been, in itself, an adventure like no other and it is an adventure that we could not boast about as we had been saved by grace through faith.
The power of God’s love for us compels us to take life as an adventure! And what makes an adventure all the more interesting are the challenges and surprises that come along the way. Defeats and triumphs, tears and laughter, rough terrains and tidal waves are all components of an amazing journey!
“Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.” — Jonathan Edwards