Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:3-5
Every so often a little known film comes along bringing with it a story with a huge impact. Such was the case with a movie called “Flywheel”. I had seen this movie advertised in the Christian Book Distributor’s catalog for sometime but had paid little attention to it.
It was only after I learned the same people who made “Facing the Giants” made it that I took a second look.
Mark and I rented the movie based on this fact and were very impressed with what we saw. Now, I am not a movie critic nor do I claim to be one, but I know when a movie touches me like this one did. We are not alone as many of our friends saw the movie and were touched as deeply as we were.
In a time when movies are made with multi-million dollars it is unbelievable that a movie was made with a mere $20,000 budget. What was made as a local evangelism outreach soon spread into the theatres and onto the DVD market. A side note to this is the same church that produced “Flywheel” and “Facing the Giants” is coming out with another movie in September called “Fireproof” starring Kirk Cameron. For more information on this movie go to www.fireproofthemovie.com
Going back to the movie “Flywheel” I want to share a little about the movie and some biblical truths I gleamed from it.
The movie is about Jay Austin, a used car dealer who is somewhat untruthful about the cars he sells. He is out to make the best deal for himself even if it involves way overcharging his customers.
He buys an old Triumph that doesn’t run. His mechanic tells him the problem is with the flywheel on the car. I had no idea what a flywheel is or what purpose it has on the car. The mechanic explains that it is the flywheel located between the engine and the transmission that starts the car and allows it to run. Mark tried to explain it to me in more technical terms.
Jay is facing much more in his life as he has trouble with his marriage, is alienated from his son, and facing bankruptcy. It is only when he reaches rock bottom that he turns to God for help.
He turns everything completely over to the Lord and allows Him to take charge of every aspect of his life. His problems don’t magically go away and he still has more challenges to overcome.
You have to watch the movie to see what happens next. It is movie that makes you laugh, cry, and even cheer.
How many times do we see the world only from what we want out of life with no regard to those around us?
There are many people who claim they are only trying to make a living but in the process they hurt the people around them. I am sure most of us can relate a story of a person who wanted everything and didn’t care who they hurt in the process.
I thought of two people who hurt me deeply by their business actions. However as the movie pointed out I learned to let the Lord fight my battle for me.
What was intended to hurt me the Lord turned around and blessed me beyond my wildest dreams. I still pray for these people that they will turn to the Lord and realize there is more to life than making money. In the movie, Jay learned that when he treated people fairly in business the Lord blessed him.
What about the relationships with the people we love the most? So often we get caught up in our everyday lives and fail to consider the feelings of the people we love.
It is easy when life is stressful and bearing down on us that we say harsh words to the people we love. We don’t really mean it and we lash out without thinking but still those words hurt deeply.
As children we were taught that if you can’t say something nice then not to say anything at all. Another bit of advice was to count to ten before we spoke. In the movie, Jay realized how hurtful his words were to his family.
The Lord used this movie to teach me several biblical truths. I pray you will watch this movie and allow the Lord to speak to you as well.