If redemption and renewal and persistence and perseverance and resilience and restoration are your thing, then the film “Unbroken” is for you. Forget the craggy critics who largely decried and disparaged the film. It’s an epic masterpiece. It’s the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who joined the armed forces during the Second World War only to be captured by the Japanese navy after his plane crashed in the Pacific.
Zamperini was redeemed and restored repeatedly. He lived by the line, “If you can take it, you can make it.” We all should live by this line too, as it is a moniker for sports and for life. Zamperini’s heroic struggle to survive and subsist as he endured and even embraced the challenges he faced is an example for us all. Louis overcame, and just like Mandisa sang in her song, he stayed in the fight till the final round. He didn’t give up or give in; he took what life dished out, and remained unbroken.
“Unbroken” was accused of not having a “soul.” On the contrary, the critical criticizer who cast this stone may in fact be the one that is soulless. The film’s heartbeat is the constant beating heart of its hero who refused to recant his vows: first to live, and then to live for God.
And so, in 2015, remember to focus on the fact that you are being watched. Focus on the fact that your redemption will lead to victory for your friends, and will lead to the defeat of your foes. Focus on the fact that your friends are fighting with you in spirit, and your foes are fighting against your inner spirit. And both friends and foes are necessary for your redemption. So please know that there are many, both friend and foe, who are watching and waiting to see if and how you endure your hardness.
Remember, if you can take it, you can make it.
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 2:3, KJV