Lessons from “The Shack”

Quote - Judging Requires by William Paul YoungI saw the movie The Shack which is based on a book of the same name by William Paul Young. I left the theater inspired, sad and drained all at the same time. It is a movie about an unthinkable event that even your worst nightmare cannot imagine. But out of this horrific tragedy comes love, forgiveness, redemption and why we should not judge. Not easy things to do sometimes but inspiration that we can get there with faith in God.

The following quotes come from the book, The Shack.

About Love –

“You… were created to be loved. So for you to live as if you were unloved is a limitation, not the other way around… Living unloved is like clipping a bird’s wing and removing its ability to fly… A bird is not defined by being grounded but by his ability to fly. Remember this, humans are defined not by their limitations, but by the intentions I (God) have for them; not by what they seem to be, but by everything it means to be created in my image. Love is NOT the limitation; love is the flying. I AM love. ” – William Paul Young

About Sin –

“I don’t need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it; it’s my joy to cure it.” – William Paul Young

About Judgement –

“Judging requires that you think yourself superior to the one you judge.” – William Paul Young

About Forgiveness –

“Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat.” – William Paul Young

“Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.” – William Paul Young

About Tears –

“Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.” – William Paul Young

I hope this post will inspire you to find faith. Faith in yourself, faith in others and faith in whatever your God means to you. I will end this post with a quote from the movie and the book. And I am fond of you too my fellow readers. 🙂

 “I am especially fond of you.” – William Paul Young

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