10 Leadership Lessons From The Grace Card DVD
I had the wonderful privilege of seeing the independent film The Grace Card earlier this year.Â It is an incredible movie about race relations, parenting, marriage, generational impactÂ and forgiveness.Â With the dvd coming out on Tuesday, I recommend that everyone picks it up.Â Â
Here are the lessons that I gleaned from the movie:
- Impact Of Christian FathersÂ - Lead characters Mac McDonald and Sam Wright, played by Michael Joiner and Michael HigginbottomÂ respectively, are police officers whoÂ are doing their absolute best to lead their families albeitÂ with much different results.Â WhileÂ I assume that we all love our children,Â we cannot be the fathers we need to be apart to a relationship with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ.Â
- StabilityÂ Provided ByÂ Wives – As both men struggle with the circumstances that lifeÂ brings their way, their wives are constant sources of support and stability.Â I was reminded how fortunate I am to have the wife I do.
- Christianity In The Workplace - The best thing Christians can do to have influence in the workplace is to do their jobs with excellence.Â What gave Officer Wright the right to openly share his faith was that he was a great policeman.Â Christians, you must earnÂ the right to be heard.
- Racism Is Alive And Well – This film explores racismÂ towardsÂ several groupsÂ - Mexicans, African-Americans, and yes even Caucasians.
- We Are All Managing Pain – Officer McDonald is dealing with the loss of a son while Officer Wright had not spoken with his fatherÂ for 12 years.Â Pain and dysfunction are now the default modes are our society.Â Unfortunately, instead of dealing with our issues, we elect toÂ manage them.
- We Are All Dealing With Disappointment - Officer McDonald was passed over for promotions and having financial difficulties.Â Officer Wright pastored a struggling church and had difficult finding his life’s true purpose.Â
- Difficult People, Tremendous OpportunityÂ - We must change the way we think about difficult people in our lives.Â PeopleÂ aren’t broughtÂ into our lives to necessarily challenge us.Â Its more likely that we are inserted by God into their’s to helpÂ improve their quality of life.
- Bridge Building - The movie’s final scene has a moving multi-cultural service.Â Great leaders can build bridges with anyone.Â They can cross racial, socio-economic, generational, religious andÂ geographicÂ boundaries that often separate us.Â
- Inside We’re All The Same - How does a kidney from a black man work inside the body of a white man?Â Very nicely because on the inside, we’re basically all the same.Â To know what this means you must go see the movie.
- The Power Of Grace And Forgiveness - We don’t need collective bargaining.Â We don’t need a new invention.Â We don’t need the answers from the government.Â We don’t need another great blog post.Â We don’t really need justice.Â We need grace.
I hope this movie gets your attention.Â This film would serve as a great template for how we need to address today’s issues.Â After seeing the movie, tell us what you think.
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