Friday, December 3, 2010
The Conscientious Objector
It seems like lately I only blog when I'm in a contemplative mood. Tonight I watched a documentary entitled "the Conscientious Objector". It's been awhile since I've seen a film that has impacted me so much. I don't want to give too much of it away because I want everyone to watch it but it tells the true story of a WWII soldier who, because of religious beliefs, refused to kill. I was amazed at the commitment that this man displayed to God and his beliefs amid the onslaught of ridicule and abuse from his comrades. His attitude and perspective were inspiring. During the war he literally saved the lives of soldiers who had persecuted him for his beliefs. I always feel so inadequate yet encouraged by people like Desmond Doss. The power that we posses as individuals is so great! The fact that we either don't see it in ourselves or just refuse to act on it is really sad. I know that I probably live most of my life at 20% of my potential. It's amazing how often we settle for mediocrity. We know that we are capable of so much more but for some reason we allow ourselves to get comfortable in our apathy. I'm so grateful for people like Desmond who know what they believe and refuse to compromise. I just hope that I can begin to develop that ability.