I was recently asked by a dear friend of mine what my favorite movie quote of all time was and I was challenged yet not perplexed. I immediately directed my focus to my Top Ten Movie List and pinged the likes of “End of the Spear“, “Braveheart“, “Gladiator“, “To End All Wars“, “Patch Adams“, and of COURSE “Three Amigos!“. From the epic “Father to a murdered son…” Maximus line to the ingenious “Infamous?…INfamous?” Dusty Bottoms bit I was getting pretty torn and not sure how I could ever possibly figure this out.
But, like the day Mr. Bryce Vankooten pegged me with the challenge of finding a Top Ten Movie List I was determined to lock this one down. “End of the Spear” is at the top of that movie list as it single-handedly impacted my life more than any other film. But, I could not pull a single quote from the film that was “all inclusive”, the film itself, the incredible story is what changed my life. With that said, I went to number two on the list…Braveheart.
I knew William Wallace was going to get the vote and was absolutely delighted when I was reminded of his epic speech at the Battle of Sterling, I had found my gem. As the young, scrappy, outmatched Scots awaited their leaders to announce their retreat and surrender of their freedom the zealous and passionate Wallace rides to the front of the army with his crazy cohorts. The entirety of the speech is worth the nomination, but picking a single quote this one takes the gold:
“Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!”
I believe every human being that ever lived is faced with this same choice. There is not a day that passes by that a battle of eternal proportions is being fought on this earth. We can choose to run and seemingly live and wake up many years from now only to find that we should have given up our lives years ago. The one who put it best said: “He who tries to save his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it.”
So, what does it mean to be free? What does it mean to lose your life?