I’m not big on new years resolutions, but the turning of a new year is often a time of reflection for me. I often take time to reflect on what kind of person I want to be and how I want my life to be characterized. This morning as I watched “Celebrating Ruth Bell Graham, A Life Marked by the Faithfulness of God” I was reminded of what kind of person I long to be.
The DVD, based on the 2007 TV special, is a retelling of Ruth Bell Graham’s life using photos, interviews and video footage. I noted that throughout the DVD there were clear presentations of the gospel and invitations to receive Christ along with music videos of worshipful hymns (featuring Avalon, Fernando Ortega and the Gaithers). Hymns and a virtual alter call would probably feel forced or out of place in most biographical documentaries. Strangely in this program, worshiping God and inviting others to follow him seemed like the most natural of responses to observing Ruth Bell Graham’s life. http://www.billygraham.org/glossyIncludes/RBG/CoverPhoto_Bio.jpg
As I enter 2009 and reflect on who I want to be and what traits I want to mark my life; this DVD really speaks to me. I want to live a life that elicits worship and I want a life that when looked back upon, serves as an invitation to meet Jesus.