Thursday, January 11, 2007

Fight Back!

I just finished seeing the film “United 93”. It’s a film about the September 11, 2001 hijacks in America. That day, 4 planes were hijacked. Three hit their targets but one did not. United 93 tried to show what happened to the one that didn’t hit its target. It is a powerful and provocative drama honouring the memory of 40 passengers and crew on United Airlines Flight 93. As the hijackers pilot the doomed flight to their target, the passengers stands as one and find the courage to fight back!

It was almost unbelievable. As it dawned on most of the passengers that that hijack was not a normal one and that they were doomed to crash, they decided to do something about it. They analyzed their situation and decided to do something about it! Partly out of fear and a resolve to live, they got all the weapons available on board with the help of crew members (mostly knives, hot water, fire extinguishers and what have you). They were able to disarm the hijackers and actually took down 2 of them. There was a pilot on board who had experience with 1 engine planes. He was determined to land the plane if they succeeded in getting to the cockpit. They did get there but it was too late. The plane was almost touching the ground, since they hijackers decided to land the plane anyways. They all died. Yes they did. But not like others (as far as we know). They died on their feet. They died while trying to live. They did something about the situation. And who knows how many more lives they saved – the plane was targeted at the White House! To all these man, I throw a salute!

I don’t know if thee story is as interesting to you as it was to me. Can you imagine how this people fought to live? They didn’t just give up. They didn’t just throw in the towel. They didn’t leave their destinies in the hands of the hijackers. Note that they didn’t have much choice. They were thousands of miles above sea level. They had heard the news of 2 other crashes at the World Trade Centre. However, they wouldn’t be deterred. It was better trying than not doing anything at all.

As I write this, I remember a story I once read. I guess it sums up my point.

Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl. One was an optimistic soul. But the other took the gloomy view. “We’ll drown," he lamented without much ado, and with a last despairing cry, he flung up his legs and said "Goodbye."

The other frog with a steadfast grin said, “I can't get out but I won't give in, I'll just swim around till my strength is spent, then I'll die the more content.” Bravely he swam to work his scheme, and his struggles began to churn the cream. The more he swam, his legs a flutter, the more the cream turned into butter. On top of the butter at last he stopped, and out of the bowl he gaily hopped.

What is the moral? It's easily found...

Will you stand and fight back? Will you keep on keeping on, until you reach your goal? Or, would you give up on yourself and on your dreams and resign to fate?

See you at the top!


Emmanuel said...

Hm...You said it all. If you really want to achieve anything tangible in life, you must be ready to fight your way through.

I always tell people that the minute you give up marks the beginning of failure. As long as you keep fighting back, you have still have hope. So, let us all stay with our goals and give it everything it will take. Success is around the corner.

most said...

When life knocks you down, make sure you land on your back. If you can look up, then you can get up!

Anonymous said...

Pastor T,

Your blog has been such a great blessing to me. The articles are so motivational!

I can't afford to fail


Fola' said...

I'm sure God knew what He was doing when He gave us the survival instinct and what He was saying when He said we should go and dominate. It takes more than deciding to dominate or win, it requires effort/force.

You are destined for the top of the topmost top! See you there!!