July 25, 2010


Jordan & I watched the movie Invictus tonight.
I had heard it was less about Rugby & more about Nelson Mandela - - which is an A++ in my book.
What an amazing person.
When the movie ended I asked Jordan, "Do you think there are a special handful of people who, just quite simply, have God whispering in their ears, guiding them? Like there is something in life that they all just Get, & the rest of us don't?"
Well, I believe that.
What an amazing man.
He spent 27 years in prison - I have not even spent 27 years on this earth.
He came out of prison with forgivness for those who imprisoned him.
Then became President of a broken South Africa.
"In my country we go to prison first and then become President."
He wished to fix the country he loved. He knew a God who had the same wishes.
So God whispered in his ear & told him the steps to follow to mend what was broken.
"I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man."
The people of South Africa hated eachother.
"If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgivness."
& so a very wise man in alliance with God fixed the hearts of God's children.
"Never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another."Invictus
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thanks whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath & tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

-William Ernest Henley

If you have not seen the movie, see it. It is less about rugby & more about Nelson Mandela. Which earns an A++ in my book.

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