God’s Compass

God's compass

God’s Compass: Finding the North of a Life’s Purpose

For faithful workers of God, there’s always a burning desire to help others. This inspirational film depicts a walk of faith among the characters who explored God’s direction in their lives.

One night changed them. Suzanne celebrated her retirement as a school principal. Meanwhile, her surgeon son David was too busy with patients at the hospital that he neglects to care for his pregnant wife Jessica. She was with Suzanne that night but decided to go home earlier, leaving her mother-in-law at the party. Jessica was about to start the car when she felt labor pains. At that moment, a juvenile delinquent named Eli was trying to break into her car. Aghast to see her in pain, Eli’s only resolve was to drive her to the hospital. Shortly after their arrival, Eli got arrested by a cop who saw him there. These scenes showed us how one decision or act can alter our life and those we touch. Adding up to David’s stress was that the newborn is a blue baby and would need to undergo open-heart surgery to survive.

The story turned when Jessica asked Suzanne to act on Eli’s predicament. She appealed for Eli’s temporary custody even as David was against it. Following God’s calling, she puts her house up to pay his bail. Shortly after she brought him to her house, Eli took off with her car. He went back to the make-shift shelter but his sister Naomi was gone. Sometimes, we thought we have judged a person fairly as far as we know how. Actually, there’s more to a man’s story than what is plain to see. And that is where we begin to understand situations from a compassionate Christian perspective.

Each character fights a personal battle. Flashback scenes showed us snippets of their memory. Suzanne still feels the longing for her departed husband. The way she touched his clothes showed how much she missed him. She opened an old shoebox and found an old picture of her husband’s kidney donor which turned out as Eli’s father. The realization pressed her further to help out Eli. Meanwhile, Eli remembers his pain for losing both parents. Life has been hard for him since then. These scenes tell us that a wounded soul needs healing.

This film was filled with lessons. Suzanne and David’s relationship taught us mutual respect between mother and son. He may have opposed her decision about Eli but respected her actions nonetheless. David and Jessica’s relationship taught us openness and acceptance between husband and wife. He expressed his shortcomings to her. Jessica remained by his side to love and support him while they face their problems together.

The ending scenes reflect the real sense of God’s love for us. David found his life’s purpose through circumstances that he has faced. Their search for Naomi led him to see Eli’s make-shift shelter. That’s when he knew he could make a difference in their lives too.

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The Ultimate Gift

The Ultimate Gift

The Ultimate Gift: A Grandfather’s Legacy

A gift’s purpose is to surprise its recipient.

Indeed, Jason was about to receive the biggest surprise in his life. He had no monetary inheritance, his grandfather plot a series of tasks that he must fulfil before he receives his inheritance, the ultimate gift.

Based on a best-selling book of the same title, the story revolves on profound insights into a life experience.

Red’s passing led to the reading of his will, much-anticipated by his children and widowed daughter-in-law. Knowing they weren’t as responsible as him in managing business and estates, he placed under restrictions each heir to their dismay.

As for Jason, Red devised a different plan. He wanted him to learn the value of wealth and happiness through tasks he sets him out to do. If he fails, then it forfeits him from claiming the ultimate gift.

The problem with Jason is being accustomed to an easy life and wasn’t too fond of his grandfather.

In fact, he wasn’t at all excited to do his bidding and even his girlfriend advised him that this might be worth his effort instead of getting a job.

He went to Texas to set up logs as fence over barren land. For someone who hasn’t done manual labor in his entire life, this task taught him the virtue of hard work.

Red and his lawyer Hamilton were lifelong friends. Jason’s second task was to present to Hamilton a true friend. Stripped off from his condo unit, car and credit cards, he was to figure out who his friends are.

He ended sleeping at a bench in the park. A 10-year-old girl named Emily recognized him from Red’s wake and became an unlikely friend. Emily has Leukemia and her mom Alexia was having financial constraints.

Their predicament led Jason to realize what giving and sacrifice really mean. The girl’s impact on Jason made him do things out of compassion. At a chapel in the hospital, Jason uplifts Emily’s spirits by telling her that Jesus’ outstretched arms are meant for her.

For someone who is not a religious type of person, he showed an act of faith.

A noteworthy twist in the story was Jason’s trip to Ecuador. It brought him painful memories of his dad’s untimely death. He discovered Red’s fault and how remorseful he was of that tragedy.

Jason wants to see the plane in the mountains.  He went into the mountain together with a local guide which is how they ended up captured by local rebels. In a matter of days, he learned survival and fighting for his life.

This incident taught him that forgiveness can set him and Red free from long-overdue hurt between them.

Without setbacks, Jason begins to love beyond limitations. His love for Emily and Alexia gave a new meaning for his life’s purpose. The culminating scenes leave lessons that stick to the heart and soul.

Ultimately, the film is commendable for teaching everyone a virtue that will define the character of a person.  The kind of gift that lasts a lifetime.

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