What’s So Amazing About “Amazing Grace”?

I recently saw the movie “Amazing Grace” and loved it.  It was amazing on several counts.  First, the production quality never left me feeling like I had stepped out of a real experience (unlike another recent Christian-themed movie, “The Last Sin Eater”).  The acting was amazing and realistic.  The depiction of William Wilberforce’s struggle to make slavery illegal in England was excellently done.  The Christian message was present but not overdone or made to feel like a sermon. 

But most amazing of all was the feeling I left with that I too must be willing to sacrifice to see a wrong righted, to see Christ’s kingdom furthered, in a sense, to redeem my life.  What good is a life that is not lived in love for another and seeing others’ lives bettered because of it?  And yet, I have to consciously stir up that feeling again and again, because I find it waning from me, choked out by the busyness of life and a hundred other priorities screaming for attention.

So even by writing this I am doing some stirring of my soul.  Lord, help me to stay fervent, serving you, and in so doing, serving those You love, as well.


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