I Can Only Imagine

This is my first movie review ever on this blog in the nine years I’ve been blogging here so you know it’s good!

I took the kids over the weekend to see I Can Only Imagine.  It was well worth it.

We follow the story of Bart Millard, the lead singer of MercyMe, and how he came to write the iconic song of the same name.  I think we’ve all heard the song, it touches all of us in places we all need it, and I was curious as to how it came about as well.  Any song or piece of art or novel that touches the soul like this song does has to come from somewhere and truly it has to be from God.  Mankind is only God’s instrument.  Everything we say and do and accomplish is only possible because of Him. This song expresses what we all wonder and feel about heaven and gives us hope and peace once we get there.  It gets us through grief.  It encourages us.  It speaks to us.  Like God speaks to us.  Because it is ultimately God who is speaking to us here.

According to the movie, Bart grew up in an abusive family.  His father wanted to play professional football and his dream didn’t happen.  As a result, he took out his anger and frustration on Bart.  He left after graduating high school and pursued his music dreams.  He returned home to find his dad dying of cancer but a changed man after having found Jesus.  They reconciled before his death and Bart wrote this song for his dad after he died.

Some lessons from the movie:

1)  It’s never too late.  It’s never too late to do something with your life and it’s never too late to forgive someone and reconcile.  Life is too short to hold onto pain and hurts.

2)  Pain can be your inspiration.  Be authentic.  Do what makes your heart sing.  Help others through your experiences and pain.  Use your hurts as gifts from God to grow and help others.

3)  God can do/redeem anything and anyone.  God and Jesus change people.  They grab a hold of their hearts and don’t let go.  Trust in the Lord.  Pray for others.  Never give up on God doing the impossible.  In your life and in others’.

Great movie.  Highly recommended.  A tear jerker for sure.  Great lessons for the kids.  Inspiring.  Faith-building.  Heart-warming. Who could ask for more in a movie?