I have been wanting to see the movie "I Can Only Imagine" since before it came out, I finally took myself to see it today and it moved me. Tears ran down my cheek. I almost skipped going to the movie because I needed to workout and my to-do list is a mile long, but I went and I am thankful I did.
As I watched the story unfold I was reminded how powerful words and music are. I am in a season where I could use the power of words. Words help me process. I have been reading many words and singing them, but I have not done much of my own writing, rather it be on my blog, my computer, or my journal. Writing is one way I hear Jesus and I find rest. This story was used to remind me of that.
On the screen I watched as negative voices screamed into the head of
the actor playing Bart Millard and I sobbed. #metoo I have
let negative voices scream into my own head. Sometimes they are from my
own doubt and fear and sometimes from others. I see this happen to my
girls. It is hard to do the thing we are being called to do with those
voices invading our thoughts. Those voices can keep us from changing
the world, however the stories that come from those places can be used
by Jesus to change us, to help someone else, and do what He has called
us to do...what He has gifted us for. I have also learned that those
voices, they can be replaced, replaced with truth. And sometimes we have
to do thing despite the negative voices.
During the movie I thought about one of the books I am currently reading that I am on the launch team for. I am barely in, but it is incredible. It is called Raising World Changers in a Changing World by Kristen Welch, you can read more about it and pre-order here. I finished chapter 1 last night and read questions that I could ask my kids, their answers were exactly what this movie depicted. One question the author poses is "What do you think being a world changer means?"- My youngest stated "make people be inspired by you", my oldest said "be yourself, do what He wants, and you can change people by the way you interact with them". So much wisdom in those statements. I am grateful Kristen Welch has written a book full of stories to help me raise world changers and I am grateful that Bart Millard and Mercy Me are inspiring people through the telling of this story and their music.
Go see the movie and order the book. Lets inspire each other and be world changers.