“For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” ~ Acts 21:13
“All things splendid have been achieved by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.” ~ Bruce Barton
If you have ever watched the movie, “Brave Heart” and you’re anything like me it may have inspired you in a very positive way to achieve great things in your life. The movie is based on a true story about how Scotland won their independence from England in the early years of the 14th century. The star of the movie, William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson was the commander of the Scotsmen in a bid to overcome English tyranny. Their stance against the English ultimately led to Scottish Independence. However, it cost William Wallace his very life.
What Is Your WHY
If you’re not willing to die for something, neither are you prepared to live for it. How many times have you longed for something in your life but never really went after it? Several times I presume.
The problem is that we compromise our own greatness by settling in our comfort zones. Scotland was oppressed for many years; their people were killed and tortured by the English until William Wallace stepped up to inspire the Scots to fight for their freedom having experienced the pain of losing his father at a young age and his wife to the English.
In one of the many battles against the English he is famously remembered for saying, “They may take our lives but they will never take our freedom.” That was an indication that they had had enough and wanted more for their lives.
For William Wallace, it wasn’t enough to just have a good life. As a young kid he had always wanted to get involved in battles and when the timing was right he got the chance to lead Scotland. He desired to have a family and enjoy the good things life offered but would not do so at the expense of his nation’s independence.
When his wife was killed he could have been selfish and worried about his own problems. Instead of that, he was inspired to fight for his people so that his countrymen would not suffer the same eternally. When you realize that life is not about you is when great things begin to happen in your life. Do today what others don’t so that you will have tomorrow what others won’t.
Wallace’s deep desire to see his people free from English oppression rubbed off on his countrymen as they fought against the English on several occasions and won. He was the ray of hope that they needed and did a great job of it too. The English realizing the threat that he posed to their plans set a trap for him that led to his capture.
He refused to recognize the English as the master of his people and that led to his beheading. His body was cut in pieces and hanged in different parts of England to instill fear in anyone that might have plans to rebel against the English. It had the opposite effect, nonetheless. Do your actions inspire others?
In the year 1314, Scotland faced a mighty English army while they were outnumbered and starving. They had a decision to make – they could choose to surrender and save their lives, or go for broke and have a final shot at freedom. William Wallace’s influence was so great that they refused to surrender; they decided to fight for their freedom and they won their independence.
If William Wallace had not played his part, Scotland may not have won their independence. What price will you pay if you don’t answer to the call on your life? How many generations after you will be negatively affected as a result of your insecurity?
While you may not have to experience a life and death situation like William Wallace, choose today to pursue your dreams with everything that you’ve got because you never know the lives that you will impact long after you have left the earth. When we don’t answer the call something inside us sleeps. Give the world everything you’ve got and it will repay the favor.
Be all you can be!