Not a bad film…even had some thought-provoking theology. I have never seen the original, but this one has an interesting quote of God’s (played by Morgan Freeman):
“Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?”
It really gives you a lot to think about. God doesn’t give us virtues on a silver platter but rather gives us chances to build them up, like spiritual muscles.
An interesting read so far. I think it was President Ronald Reagan‘s journal and his other writings that made even historical revisionists realize that he was actually a very brilliant man. However, Reagan, just like the rest of us, wasn’t perfect. He writes in 1981 that he thinks Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor would be a great lady who would support pro-life causes. Wrong.
Reagan also noted, and you could certainly read the frustration, that reporters would gleefully report of his leisure time but never bothered to learn that any unfinished work at the end of the day went with him to his private study in the White House. He also seemed to have a friendly relationship with Democrat and fellow Irish-American house speaker Thomas “Tip”O’Neill. Reading this book has inspired me to keep a daily journal and lament the year in which I didn’t keep one. I hope to use my journal to keep myself up on the memories and thoughts I haven’t recorded over the years.
An interesting fact: President Reagan and I share the same birthday. He was born February 6, 1911 and I was born February 6, 1973. He was (depending on when in he day he was born; I was born at 10:11 A.M. CST) exactly 62 years older than me.
Check out this Website, which is the home of Reagan’s son, talk show host Michael Reagan. Mike is one of the smartest cookies in the business. He, along with Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Michael Medved and, of course, the godfather Rush Limbaugh, are among my favorites in the talk radio business.