Soul Surfer: A True Story
February 25, 2018 4:47pm CST
We had our second Life Group Meeting this year. As part of the meeting, we watched a movie entitled Soul Surfer. And discussed within the group. The movie was based on a true story of Bethany Hamilton. Who came not to compete but to surf. Bethany lives in Kauai, Hawaii. Her family is a surfer from her parents to her siblings. Bethany's best friend is Alana who is also a surfer. They joined surfing competition together. When she won, she was able to qualify for the regional. Bethany told Sarah, her church youth ministry, that she can't go with them in Mexico for a mission. She declined that opportunity to be a blessing to others. And have chosen to be better in surfing for the upcoming competition. The best friends went surfing with Alana's father and brother. Bethany was attacked by a tiger shark. The sea creature ripped off her arm below the shoulder. She was rushed to the hospital once she was get out of the water. When she was healed, she got back on the water. She trained harder and focus on this things that she knew can do. She competed in the Rip Curl, but was unfortunate to score a ride. She decided to quit surfing. After quitting, she joined her youth ministry to Thailand to do a mission in Phuket after the tsunami. When she got home, she was surprised to see tons of letters from followers. Her story was admired by youths world wide. This encouraged her to go back surfing. And she did it. Though her final ride did not count in her final score because she ran out of time, she was still happy she was able to make it. "I did not come to complete, I came to surf" What are lessons that we can learn from her?
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Put God first. Seek God first. And one thing that hit me, why is this happening?, she said. And Sarah, her youth leader, said "I don't know! Maybe there is something behind that. And true enough, she was successful when she go back to the ministry and sought God.
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She is so inspiring. She is about to have her second child with her husband. I remember seeing her on CNN about six months after her accident. She was so inspiring. I'm glad you brought this movie up. I think people would love it if they saw it.