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?