Monday, February 20, 2006

End of the Spear - Part 2

Chad Allen, Ginny Saint, and Steve Saint
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First of all, my apologies for being gone for so long. No excuses. That said, I wanted to follow up and let you know that I did in fact fo see End of the Spear and it was excellent!I had read Through the Gates of Splendor years ago when Elizabeth Elliot came to our church. Through the Gates of Splendor was written by Elizabeth and obviously is told from her perspective.

The movie (and book) End of the Spear is told from Steve Saint's perspective, son of the late Nate Saint. It is a story of adventure, romance (sacred) and beauty. Beauty because of the incredible jungle. The romance comes from the fact that these men (and their wives) were passionately pursuing God's call on their lives to reach this tribe. Adventure because of the challenges that they faced reaching such an uncivilized tribe in very hostile and difficult circumstances.

Take aways? I had to ask myself if my commitment to Christ is as passionate as these missionaries. Uh, did I complain last week because it's a bit cold up here in Iowa? Was I feeling a little depressed about the housing options here in CR? (the answer is yes to all these!)

Lord, help me not to whine and worry about things that have little to do with an eternal impact. Help me to be others focused and to passionately pursue you.

13No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. Php 3:13-14 NLT