We’re in the trenches, people. With our kids, our jobs, our dreams and choices. Nobody said life would be easy, but sometimes it just feels downright relentless.
Which is why escape is a welcome pastime. 🙂 At least for me. Movies are my favorite way to escape, mostly because I’m a closet geek and enjoy biographies and World War II films. But I didn’t realize until tonight, when I picked a film to watch, that there’s probably a reason I resonate with this genre. I had to laugh when I discovered it.
Can you spot it in this photo?
Yeah, me too. But there ARE a few bits of good news that come with life’s battles.
What war movies teach us about living life well in the trenches:
- We’re not the only ones with dirt in our hair. Everyone is in the trench whether it’s with a financial challenge, a child who’s in a wheelchair, or even a simple bad day.
- It’s okay to make little mistakes along the way. History will only remember the big picture.
- Because of that, it’s our job to enjoy the small joys that history will overlook. If we don’t, they’re lost forever.
- In the toughest moments, we can choose either to let it bring out our best, or our worst. But it’s always our choice.
- The guy on the opposing side is a human being too, and worthy of respect.
- Victory comes not necessarily to the smartest or strongest, but to the most persistent.
- Even the toughest battles eventually end.
- You’ve got backup, anytime, any place! God reassures us: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
We may have been drafted into the wars we face, but we can come through them strong, confident, more beautiful. Even if we sometimes feel as exhausted as the guy on this movie cover looks!
Your friend in the fight,
P.S. If your confidence is waning in the battles you’re facing today, a special opportunity has come up: I’m starting a small invite-only Facebook coaching group on the topic of getting confident. Cost is $20/month (versus the $100/hr individual coaching rate), and you’ll have 5-day-a-week support and resources from me and the others in the group. We’ve only got 3 spaces left, and we start next week – so email today if you’re interested!