Moving away from the superficial, sale-induced, materialism of yesterday's post and more toward things that actually matter, let's talk about the human soul and its potential and role in the world. (How's that for a switch?)
Invictus is a 2009 movie about Nelson Mandela, rugby, and this poem by 19th century English poet William Ernest Henley:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
And whereas I believe that God is the ultimate Master of our fate, I also believe we too are called to a role of action and perseverance and faith in order for Him to work through us. Ultimately, God gave us the gift of choice, and this poem in the context of the movie's plot truly captures that and inspires us to focus, forgive, seek, give, and do.
One of my favorite themes in Scripture is Call and Response. Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Samuel, Esther, Ruth, Jesus, the apostles, Paul, and virtually every character mentioned in the Bible has a story about Call and Response and a lesson that fits perfectly into our little modern lives. Outside of Scripture, we can see profiles of Call and Response in historical figures, news stories, and certainly in the common people we encounter in our everyday lives. I love looking for it, reflecting on it, talking about it, seeing it unfold.
This movie is about Call and Response. This poem is about Call and Response. Life is about Call and Response:
Here are my circumstances. How will I RESPOND?
It's a great weekend movie. Inspiring, historical, thought-provoking, and overall well done.
If you've already seen Invictus, what did you think?
What do you think about the theme "Call and Response?"