I recall one sunny Saturday morning in particular: I had a fresh cup of coffee in one hand while I was scrolling through my Facebook feed with the other. As I scrolled down my Facebook feed, I saw photos of weddings and smiling babies, and found myself watching a movie trailer.
Five hours later, I pulled my hair into a messy bun and drove with my husband across town to watch the movie based on the trailer I had seen on my Facebook feed. After debating whether or not to get popcorn, I found myself in a theater sitting on the edge of a large comfy seat as the previews started to play.
After the movie, my husband looked at me, pointed to the screen, and said, “That is the way we need to inspire others.”
The new Dumbo, which was expected to do well in the theaters, failed— all while a faith-based film called Unplanned did remarkably well for just being in 1,059 theaters. Interestingly, it did well even while the Unplanned Twitter account “mysteriously” lost followers and vanished completely. Even through these mysteries, their following ended up tripling. The critics rated the movie a 50%, but the audience rated the movie at a 90%. To top it all off, they received an A+ CinemaScore. It was a weekend for the books!
What was so great about this movie? It could be because it was a real account of the messy, bad, and ugly parts of a person's story and redemption. Unplanned is the real story of a woman who once worked as a Planned Parenthood Director. After assisting with an abortion, she was faced with the ugly truth.
We read an entire account of how Paul's life had been transformed by Jesus Christ in Acts 25-26. What he once stood for, he no longer did, and what he once stood against, he now stood for. Paul tells of his transformation that started with true contrition and repentance of heart for the violent things he had done.
What is your story? How has God shown you to live with conviction? As my husband had said, this is the way we need to inspire others to live for Christ and Christ alone. Maybe you won't be able to tell your story of transformation through a movie, but maybe it starts with creating a poem, picking up a paintbrush, writing a song, or starting a nonprofit ministry. We should never forget the power of telling our stories; when we tell what God has done in our lives, we tell the story of the Truth.
Hannah Lynn hosts Moody Radio’s That’s Real and is an engineer for Karl and Crew mornings. She grew up as a homeschooler on a tree farm, plays the harp (ask her about harp camp), drives a Prius (don’t judge), and started a fashion blog while a student at Moody Bible Institute (yes, that’s possible). Hannah loves to tell people about Jesus—as a seven-year-old she witnessed to her ballet teacher, then she started a Young Life club while in high school. Now she mentors teens with her husband, John, who serves as a youth pastor.
That’s Real with Hannah Lynn gives a one-minute dose of encouragement and advice to young adults who want to love and live God’s Word. Her fast-paced mix of storytelling and Bible truth helps create understanding between young believers and anyone who wants to follow Jesus one day at a time.