It's an independent film that has won many awards. It's an excellent documentary about one man's journey in making a difference in others' lives.
Here's a short summary (thanks to the movie's website):
Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, went traveling through India without a plan. Then he met a group of HIV positive children living in an orphanage — a meeting that changed everything for him.
Rocky left his life, friends, and career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with the kids. Steve Hoover, his best friend and filmmaker, was unsettled and intrigued by this drastic action. In an effort to find out what compelled Rocky to give up every source of stability in his life, Hoover decided to trace Rocky’s story, following him to India.
He witnessed Rocky and the kids endure disease, abject poverty, and death. But, strangest of all, in the midst of these troubles, he also saw their deep joy. And he came to understand why Rocky had given up everything he had to experience it.
‘Blood Brother’ is a story of friendship. It’s a story of a life, stripped down to its essence. Most of all, it is a story about love, enduring in the face of death.
You feel overwhelmed and even scared at the thought of giving up everything you know in order to do what he or she did in the movie? You feel guilty for the life you live in America where you have all your needs met plus a lot of wants on top of that.
Have you ever felt this way? It's halfway between conviction and condemnation.
This was one of those films for me. I felt inspired by the main character. His courage and faith encouraged me, but at the same time, I left feeling exhausted. I was like: wow, here someone sells everything they own, packs up and moves to India to live with a house full of children with HIV/AIDS. What am I doing with my life? How am I making a difference like that? I am so selfish.
Where can I serve more? Where can I really "show up" right within my sphere of influence--within my community and make a difference? How can I be more right where I already live?
You see friends, conviction is a good thing. It's that little tug on our hearts (or the quiet voice) that prompts us to do something. Conviction inspires us and encourages us to change. BUT condemnation is fault-finding and heavy. It tears us down and makes us feel worthless like we can never change, so why even try.
Have you felt these two before? I know I have!
If you can't feed five thousand then feed just one.
What if each of us made an effort to really "show up" in our communities? Volunteer at the local food bank? Read to kids at the library? Walk the streets of downtown looking for someone to share a smile with?
Folks, that would transform our hearts which would then transform our communities, cities, states, countries and eventually the world. All of us can't pack up and move halfway across the globe. But we ALL can bloom right where we are planted.
This Christmas season, look for ways to "show up" and serve right where you are. And that might be the person right in front of you. ;)