Summer is coming to a close and
I can’t wait for the boys to go back to school we had so much fun these last few weekends! We took a few mini vacations this Summer, visiting the Florida Keys a few times and the Georgia Mountains. We love creating memories with our boys and the Summer is the perfect time for some good, uninterrupted family time. We got back from the Blue Ridge mountains this past weekend and we were so tired – by “we” I mean my husband and myself. We drove from Miami to Georgia with both boys and my parents and when we got home, all I wanted to do were two things, sit on the couch and – actually that was it. Sit on the couch.
Before leaving on our road trip I was given the opportunity to pre-screen a movie that is coming to theaters August 26th called, GREATER. I was looking forward to coming home and watching the movie, especially after seeing the preview. I was also looking forward to doing anything that didn’t involve driving and refereeing 2 boys in the back seat – it’s a 12 hour drive, ya know. What I wasn’t expecting is to love the movie the way I did, and I will tell you why without spoiling it for you. At first glance the movie was about football but really the movie is about life and is relevant to anyone and at any age. I knew my husband would like it because he used to play football in high school and he gravitates towards sports-related movies. We initially watched the pre-screen in our office on my computer.
After we watched it, we knew that we had to let our 12-year-old see it, too. We connected my computer to the television and we all saw it there again, together.
So what’s so special about GREATER? It’s a movie based on a true story about the life of Brandon Burlsworth, who was possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. However, Brandon was not always the “greatest” and actually many times he was told he was the worst and would never make it and yet he had faith and persevered. He had faith even when the very people that loved him most thought he should be more realistic and let go of his dream, he didn’t give up trying.
He had listened to this message of moving on and having more realistic expectations of himself since he was a boy. He endured so much discouragement and while many would have given up and settled for a more realistic, more expected future, he didn’t. Through faith and discipline, the kid dared to keep believing in his dream to play college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks. It wasn’t just belief, not faith alone, he put in endless hours of practice and sweat, until he reached his goal. If he was told that he was less than the others, he just worked harder than the others and in the end he led them all – peers and elders alike.
This is the kind of movie that I want my kids to watch. This is the kind of humble audacity that I want them to have. To dream is not enough, but it is the beginning. Seeing how this young boy, against all odds, worked so incredibly hard, and he won and then he lost and then he won again…but he never stopped.
I don’t usually write about movies, but I wanted to share this with you and encourage you to go watch this great movie with an awesome message. Determination, hard work and passion are the makings of an incredible legacy and that’s what this young man left behind. GREATER has a release date of August 26th and you can check your local theaters for availability – it’s worth it.
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Rachel Maldonado says
Hadn’t heard of it but I will definitely check it out.