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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The Adventures of Chris Fable: A Boy’s Symbolic Quest  

The Adventures of Chris Fable

The Adventures of Chris Fable: A Boy’s Symbolic Quest  

The Adventures of Chris Fable is an imaginative film that tells the story of a runaway boy named Chris who lives on thieving for a Fagin-like character Iggy. The preacher Evangeline caught him pilfering inside the church and held him to return the candlesticks. She mentioned The Bible as the most important book, so he took it along with other books he got in his bag. Iggy says that books are worthless and he wanted metals only.

He serves a master called the prince and the children in the junkyard were all his servants. Chris had a nightmare that there was chaos in the land which brought him back to Evangeline. He confessed that his father was a fisherman. He didn’t want his kind of life and rules, so he stole his father’s money and lost them all along the way. Evangeline coaxed him to find his father. She said that he would forgive all his sins and take him back.

These scenes remind us about ourselves going astray from the rules of our heavenly father. All of us are sinners, and we need to search for the path that will bring us back to Him.

Another thought to ponder was the bag that Chris carries in this journey. It represented the excess baggage we find difficult to let go. We think it is part of our being even when it weighs us down. Chris showed that when he encountered The Cross, he immediately it all.

The film presented it in symbolic form meaning the characters that Chris encountered in his quest represented a trait in a human soul including Faith, Hope, and some persons who acted as distractions to his path. Much like a life’s course in itself.

We have a lot of distractions such as getting what we want at an instant and staying in a comfort zone like Electric City. We indulge into a mirage of worldly pleasures that gets us sidetracked from our pursuit to spiritual enlightenment. Following Evangeline’s advice, we should remove our eyeglasses filled with deceit that blocks us from seeing the truth that lay before us.

There were characters too whose purpose was to show up and help Chris in times of his distress. One police offered his whip so Chris can get out of the sticky pond. A man named Grant told Chris hero stories and taught him to use a sword. These characters represent our good-natured friends. Friends who guide us, cares for our welfare and protect us against harm’s way whenever necessary.

The core message in this story is choosing to go the narrow gate instead of the wide one for it leads to destruction while the narrow path leads to Celestial City or a hopeful land. As viewers to this tale, parental guidance is recommended. The presentation fits early teens; however, the meaning of some scenes needs a further explanation so the youngster can relate it to Christianity.

Heaven’s Door: A Girl’s Portal to Healing and Miracles

Heaven's Door

Heaven’s Door tells us the story of a girl named Riley. She had the chance to see a portal to heaven and receive a gift of healing. Riley was having a casual chat with her grandpa about lessons in life and being a responsible adult.  Then her grandpa suddenly felt chest pain, then he fell and died. These scenes show a special bond formed between a granddaughter and her grandpa. For this reason, Riley’s mom Julie thinks it will be difficult for her to accept her grandfather’s death.

Julie herself is going through personal issues including a pending divorce with her husband, Leo. In a confrontation scene with Riley, she explains that love is different from marriage.  They may have separated, but both parents love her very much. Julie manages a full-time job to support her two kids, and that she either needs her mother or a babysitter to look after her children while she’s not at home. We also see that her boss is taking advantage of her situation so he can get close to her.

These are real-life struggles of a single mom. Adding on to her problems was her youngest child Morgan having asthma. Although Leo promised to support them financially, Julie thinks it better to shoulder Morgan’s expenses and care because she was still hurting over a child they have lost previously. The emotional pain of a mother who lost a child was the reason for her to lose faith in their marriage.

The turning point in the story was when Riley almost fell from a massive tree as she was trying to reach her ball. Instead of a free fall, a light caught her up and released her upon nearing the ground with the ball right beside her. That’s when she started to believe about angels guiding her. She discovered her gift of healing when she touched the neighbor’s cat after its owner ran over it in his driveway. Children then came to bring their pets so Riley can feel each one. She becomes weak as a consequence as she absorbs the sickness of those she touched. Later on, she says that her healing was supposedly intended for a blind neighbor.

The words of Julie’s mom were pivotal in the story. It was she who serves as a bridge between Julie and Leo, and Julie and Riley. She makes them understand what is essential to make their relationships work. And believes in another dimension in the afterlife, in heaven and the angels. She says it feels better to think there’s more afterlife so it doesn’t hurt as much. Upon learning about Riley’s healing touch to animals, she also said that there shouldn’t be a charge for imparting a spiritual gift.

The film is full of meaningful insights about living life responsibly. By having faith, we too may find in ourselves Heaven’s Door to bless our family and others.

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