Movies Post – Call to Courage!

I know I promised an LoTR post, and there are LoTR references in this first post in the series… yes, this will be a series!  But coming from watching Transformers I had to comment on its impact on me.   So, enjoy – and GO TO THE MOVIES!

I just came from watching Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen… and I am feeling the call to courage!  I’m feeling the deep desire to walk worthy of my calling.  I don’t want to be a slave to my compulsions.  Sam (the hero of the Transformers story) wanted to live a normal life, so when he was called on to save the planet by the leader of the Autobots (the ‘good’ Transformers), he refused.  – he wanted to go to college.

I, too, have wanted to forsake my calling for a “normal” life.  I was tired of living the “good” life, tired of the “moral compass” I had to always be consulting.  I wanted to be the popular one for a change, the one who was desired and admired – most of all – I wanted to NOT be different!


I came out of that movie thinking about the call of God on my life, the knighthood I received supernaturally from Christ – what ‘normal’ boy has that?  I felt a burning desire to get back to where I need to be with the Lord with a desire to be re-instated.

“Put aside the ranger.  Become who you were born to be!”

Words to Aragorn from Elrond, the Elven leader of Rivendell.

Aragorn ran from the call to royalty running through his veins.  As the heir of Isuldur, last King of Gondor, he was to be the next king – but he exiled himself and became a ranger, scorning the throne.

“…. the same blood runs through my veins. The same …. weakness.”

He has disqualified himself because, as a Man, he has the same weakness to power that his ancestor Isuldur could not resist.  He shies away from the throne – his destiny – because of fear.  I have felt the same fear… I’ve felt disqualified by my own weaknesses… I feel that fear, that disqualification right now as I write this post!

I just have to remember:  past failures – his nor his ancestors’ – had not disqualified him from his destiny – and mine have not disqualified me either!!!

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” (Josh. 1:6-7)

What movies inspire you?  Is God speaking?  Who else needs encouragement to be courageous?