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Last week I watched the movie Unbroken with my  family.

I suddenly felt selfish for every time I’d ever complained about my little troubles in life.

I’ve never floated on a raft on the Pacific Ocean for 47 days, battling starvation, storms, and sharks.

I’ve never been that close to death or been through the horrors of war.

Louis Zamperini’s story is dark. It’s real. But it’s also beautiful in a heartbreaking way.

It’s the ending that touched me the most (although the movie doesn’t highlight it much).

After all the darkness and nightmares and scars,  Loius Zamperini found God.

He felt the redeeming power of forgiveness and shared it with others.

He visited Japan and forgave his prison guards in the POW camp.

He lived to the bold age of 97 and  died with peace in his heart.

This is the type of story that knocks me off my feet and shoves my selfishness in my face.

Today I don’t want to complain, y’all.

I just want to be thankful for life. For the endless blue sky above. For the birds chirping in the treetops. For the songs my siblings sing together. For the breeze kissing my face.

Today is for living, not complaining.

Today is for thankfulness.

Today is unbroken.

Full song here: This is Just So Beautiful

How about you…What are you thankful for today?

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5 thoughts on “Unbroken

  1. The movie sounds heart-breaking. Is it safe for children three and up? I’m the oldest of seven (I’m only 15) We have a 17 month old but she doesn’t really pay attention to movies. :)

    Today I am thankful that I have a wonderful and amazing mother who loves me and wants only what is best for me! Life with out her is impossible to imagine.

    1. Hello Emma! :)

      No, I would not recommend it for any young children. I am hesitant to recommend movies in general, because I know that every family has their own standards and preferences, but I’m pretty certain that this movie would not be a good one for your family to watch together (Thanks for asking! :). I’m 18, and I didn’t want to see some of the graphic scenes. I watched it with my family, but only 13+

      It’s definitely more of a “guy” movie than I would normally watch, and I don’t plan on ever watching it again, but I don’t regret watching it, because it’s a true story, and I feel like it taught me good lessons, made me more thankful for my life, and had a redemptive ending.

      Thank you for sharing your thankfulness, Emma. You said that so beautifully. Mothers truly are one of life’s greatest blessings. :)

      Have a blessed day!

  2. Thank you for your response! Probably we won’t watch it then… Or at least wait until a few years down the road! It sounds like a good movie, though. :)

  3. Hey, Joy! Have you read the book? I really enjoyed the book and have yet to watch the movie! I am glad that you mentioned it here, because I totally forgot there was a movie out:P I hope you are doing well!

    1. Hey Peyton! :)

      Nope, I’ve never read the book, but I’ve heard that the movie is very accurate (my brother read it and told me). Hope you’re doing great too! :D

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