Saturday, November 19, 2011
For anyone who has not seen the movie Facing the Giants, I would highly recommend it. The movie follows the story of a football coach of a Christian school who seems to face obstacle after obstacle. His car is falling apart, he's struggling to make ends meet, and his superiors are just waiting for an excuse to replace him as head coach. In a moment of desperation, Coach Taylor cries out to God. In this moment his heart changes and he realizes that his whole focus has been in the wrong place.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie is a speech Coach Taylor gives to his boys before one of the games; he calls it the new team philosophy. His new philosophy changes their perspective from fleeting fame and glory to seeking to please and glorify God in all that they do. Win or lose, they will have given it their all.
I personally love this movie because I'm a sucker for any inspirational movie, especially sports movies. I especially love this movie, though, because it makes me think of how we connect with other people. As I read Larry Crabb's book "Connecting" I couldn't help but think about the people who have made a significant impact in my life and why. Most of them were significant figures in my life because they believed in me, invested in me, and saw my mistakes but knew I was more capable than I ever realized. I feel this is similar to the idea behind Larry Crabb's book.
Crabb states that humans were made with an innate sense of connection. We desire it, we long for it; but Crabb isn't just referring to emotional connection. He stresses the importance of spiritual connection. Just liking the same things as someone else or having similar interests aren't going to matter when it counts the most. For counselors, all the empathy in the world won't matter if your client never feels a strong enough or deep enough connection. Crabb states that one of the deepest and most effective ways to connect is through a true, spiritual connection. Looking past all the mistakes, the shortfalls, the deficits and seeing the potential. A little faith in someone can go a long way.
After Coach Taylor gave his speech, something out of the ordinary happens. The school experiences a revival (see clip below.) This scene is another favorite of mine because it just goes to show what can happen when we step out of the way and let God do his work through us.