Anyway, after thinking more about the film, I have some more takeaways. I put them in bullet form more for my stream of consciousness. Some of the points go together and others are stand alone. I hope you enjoy the read and are challenged to live the life God has given you to its fullest! Don't waste a day! Live intentionally!
- Regardless of your age, nationality, skin color or belief system, EVERY child--EVERY person for that matter, desires to be loved and have a family. The children in Blood Brother live in India on the outskirts of a small village. They know they are outcasts and no one wants to interact with them because they have HIV/AIDS. They are children desperately wanting to be loved.
- When you live a radical life (i.e. move to another country, adopt children, give to others generously…) you will get criticism from others. Expect to get weird stares and backlash even from others. People just won't "get it." But that's ok! This isn't a popularity contest you're trying to win!!!
- The JOY in helping others is indescribable, but there is a price to pay. Rocky in Blood Brother gave up American comfort and convenience to help kids who couldn't help themselves in India. He risked getting infected with HIV/AIDS--he was willing to put his own health on the line!!! Plus he lived in a rat infested house with no indoor plumbing. If you want to live radically, be prepared to give up some luxuries in order to help someone in need. As some say: give or serve until it hurts! Don't just give/serve out of your excess!
- Don't go on a crusade to convert people to your way of life or belief system. Rather go somewhere with the intent to serve and just BE among a group of people. As we all know, many wars have started over religion. It's not about religion; it's about RELATIONSHIP with God and man. Be in relationship with others. Your actions will speak far louder than anything you say. "Let your feet do the talking!" like Rocky did in the movie. He moved to India and just became one of them. He didn't have ulterior motives. He just did life with them.
- Serve where you are! We all can serve more in our families and communities. We don't have to move somewhere special to make a difference. Start by taking an interest in your waitress the next time you go out. Maybe she's a struggling single mom and could use a 50% tip. How about helping her do Christmas for her kiddos? Just a thought!
- I think every man, or every woman, they want their life to count.
- I was making lots of money, but if I died, I wasn't making an impact on anything, really. That bothered me.
- I feel like sometimes people just think I'm crazy. Times like that, I feel really alone.