It had been several years since we went to a movie theater, because we have been disappointed with the lack of wholesome family movies in recent years. However, my co-worker told us about Overcomer. So, we decided to check it out.
It’s about high school basketball coach John Harrison and his team face an uncertain future when their town’s largest manufacturing plant shuts down unexpectedly. As hundreds of people move away, John reluctantly agrees to coach cross-country, a sport he doesn’t even like. His outlook soon changes when he meets Hannah Scott, an unlikely runner who pushes herself to the limit. Inspired by the words and prayers of a new friend, John starts to train Hannah for the biggest race of her young life.
The over arching theme to me was grace & reconcilliation.
It reminds me of God’s grace for us and His request for us to be gracious to others.
Here’s three ways to show grace to others:
1. Love – Love is an action that requires sacrafice whether it’s time, money, work, etc.
For instance, the community we live in loved on us during my recent surgery recuperation by bringing us meals for six weeks. That’s a long time.
I recently learned that a couple in our neighborhood had a baby and the mother’s c-section recovery is more difficult than anticipated. Her friend set up a meal train for them. I signed up to donate a meal, because I want to reciprocate the love I received.
2. Forgive – Forgiveness pardons an offence. Recently my husband prayed for a lady in her 80’s whose knees were in chronic pain. Initially she didn’t see results. Randy asked her if there was anyone she needed to forgive and she confessed holding a grudge against her mother and siblings since childood. Once she freely forgave, they prayed again and the Lord healed her. Praise God for physical and emotional pain!
3. Compassion – Sympathizing with someone during their crises. My husband is a Chaplain. He has cunducted funerals where he has consoled the grieving family members and they appreciated a listening ear.
I highly recommend Overcomer. It was a heartwarming film about overcoming adversity. Warning: You may want to bring some tissue as it is a tear jerker.
How do you show or receive grace?