I’ve spent more time than I know reviewing this movie lately and I’ve spent a longer time taking notes, learning from them and feeling this urge to share with you, so here goes my exerpts from the movie that was all the buzz early last year, “Life Of A King”.
Life of a King is the true story of one man’s inspiring mission to better the future of inner-city youth in Washington, D.C.
After being incarcerated for eighteen years, Eugene Brown (Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.) established the Big Chair Chess Club to help pull kids off the streets. Using the simple chess-inspired motto “think before you move,” Brown helped give troubled students something that he never had — a future.
This movie is inspired by a true story. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives an excellent performance as Eugene Brown. After his release from prison he connects with teens in high school detention and gets a few of them involved in playing Chess. One kid named Peanut shows potential for the future but his problem is that he hangs with the wrong crowd.
One of the students, called Tahime (Malcolm M. Mays), has a real talent for Chess but refuses to get involved. When a tragic moment occurs, Tahime is interested, as he wants his life to count, although his own mother thinks that it’s a joke for him to enter tournaments but Brown has full confidence in Tahime’s talent.
“Life of a King” is about the choices that people make and the consequences of those decisions. It also makes the point that it is never too late for a person to change paths and the ending is inspiring.
“Life of a King” soars with the possibility of hope!
Grab your pen…
• Lesson 1: Keep your eye on the in-game, and everything will fall in place.
What is our focus? We’ve gotten lost in acquiring stuff, being somebody, loving somebody, having friends and so on, we’ve lost focus on the in-game. The topmost instruction in Matt 6:33… Everything’s falling apart because we’re busy trying to keep watch of everything at the same time. What are we? Robots?
• Lesson 2: Take care of the King, everything else follows.
We are children of the Most High. As Christ was glorified in John 17, we have also been glorified. We possess the King in us, and so we must take care of that King. Light can never be hidden, so how come we don’t want the world to know we’re Christians? We hide Him in our work place… He’s totally gone each time we’re out on the streets or behind the steering wheel of our cars. We show little or nothing of Him in our relationships. We starve the King! We care less…
• Lesson 3: Come out of the prison and let the prison go!
Maybe we’ve come out of the prison of our lives, we need to let go of things holding us bound. In some way, those things limit us from moving forward. They unleash the slave mentality in us, the feeling that we cannot do more, the feeling that people have better ideas than us… the cage mentality. Point is, we all are kings… But which are you? King of your prison yard? King of your corner or cubicle? King of your circle of influence? King of the world? The more you cage your kingdom, the less room you have to explore your kingship.
• Lesson 4: Just one motivator is enough!
Sometimes, we don’t need all of the crowd to bring out the best in us. The crowd would never want you to be better than them. So one person is enough. Find that one person that brings out the best in you and stick to them. Who motivates you? The crowd? It’s time to break out!
• Lesson 5: Never forget, the world needs you.
The world needs you, and your world before and all you’ll ever be. So each time you ask yourself, where am I going? When is all these going to end? God why’s all these happening to me? And so on… Remember that the world needs you the way you were, the way you are and the way you’ll ever be. Your experiences are meant to inspire, so never let go of your hope, trust and faith.
• Lesson 6: Hey King, Who’s your Queen going to be?
And to you queen, who’s your king going to be? Remember, he/she can either weaken your legs or strengthen your chords. So when you choose, choose right. She’s as important as the queen on a chess board. treat her right, for she’s been designed to bring out the King in you… And vice versa!
• Lesson 7: Think before you move… Play the right cards.
On this road to prosperity, you’ve got to be ready to play the right cards. Remember, it’s not about winning always or being richer than I am. It’s about “learning to play the game”, living by the rules, living like a king. It’s not how far or who gets there first, it’s about how well, that’s the pass mark to Heaven. How well we lived, lives we influenced on earth and so on. There’s no room for violence, cheating, limitations etc. Live well, Live right! Think! Before you move…
• Lesson 8: You can be who you want to be, you can be wherever you want to be
Your mind gives you room to explore… Every time you open the Bible (Spirit), every time you do what you love best (Passion), every time you inspire a life (Purpose). So The Spirit, Your Passion & Your Purpose give you room to explore. So come out of the box! Don’t even think outside of the box… Think like there’s no box!
“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes…” ~ Isaiah 54:2
You’ve got to be better.
Unleash The King In You…
Credits: ‘Life Of A King’ Directed by Jake Goldberger
Review: Aimee’s Library
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