.::Slumdog Millionaire

This past Valentine’s Day Amy and I went to see “Slumdog Millionaire.” We had been wanting to see it for quite some time after readong some reviews and listening to interviews on NPR.  While it may not have been the most *romantic* movie to see for Valentine’s Day, it was poignant, moving, uplifting and inspiring.

It chronicles a young boy’s rise from the slums of Mumbai, India to the final question in a “Who Wants to be a Millionaire Show.”  The trials an tribulations a child at age five has to overcome and deal with are excruciating.  However, rather than being beaten down by life’s circumstances, he has the resolve and character to rise above his circumstances and do something powerful with his life. It is a story of character, community, resolve and integrity.

Slumdog constantly reminded me of the boys and girls that are a part of the Made in the Street Ministry in Nairobi, Kenya. I have been associated with this ministry for several years and was reminded of the powerful work the Coulston’s have started there and the power of community in helping these street kids rise above their circumstances using the power of community, the gospel, prayer and training.

However, it is interesting that the thing that perhaps is the most powerful force for the main character in the movie is his community of friends (a girl and his brother.)  This is where he gains a significant amount of his strength and courage.  Which I find truly encouraging for that is where I find a significant amount of my strength and hope for life.  My Life Group, my fellow colleagues in my department, my church family here and abroad, and my family (not in that order).

  • Those who share a similar world view.
  • Those who make me think.
  • Those who challenge me to overcome my weaknesses.
  • Those who love me despite my weaknesses.
  • Those who give me a vision for what a better “me” can be.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for the power that is inherent in community.  God said that it is “not good” that man should be alone and there is tremendous Truth in that. Tonight my Spiritual Disciplines class comes over for a “Celebration” practice.  The discipline of consistently celebrating life and God’s rich blessings are such a deep way to feed and nourish the soul with joy.  I can’t wait for them to come over and share fellowship that is reinforced with food.

In case you are wondering . . . I unequivocably recommend “Slumdong,” you will not be disappointed.

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One Response to “.::Slumdog Millionaire”

  1. Great movie, I also recommend The Visitor (David Jenkins is up for best actor) and on DVD “Son of Rambow”

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