Hacksaw Ridge is a movie released in 2016 documenting the true events of Desmond Doss’s life. He was a seventh day Adventist soldier who refused to carry arms in war on religious grounds. On the battle field, he succeeded in rescuing 75 men despite how he was ridiculed for doing what he did. Long story short, watch the movie. It has comedy, romance and action, but aside the entertainment part, it was packed full of lessons.

  1. Everyone has a purpose: After I read Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, I started viewing life differently. There are specific things you are custom designed to do and there are specific problems you are custom designed to solve. Discover your purpose and step up to the plate.

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him

Colossians 1:16 (KJV)

2. Everyone has a UNIQUE purpose: It was intresting to know that someone went for war without a gun with the intention of saving lives instead of taking them, but imagine if everybody were unarmed on the battlefront, then more people would have died. If everyone were a Desmond Doss at the time, battles won’t be won. God created you to do things in a way that only you can do them. May I encourage you to find your place and stay there. In the bid of trying to be like everyone else you slowly loose your authenticity. Nobody can beat you at doing you.

3. Lives are tied to your obedience: When Desmond was obedient to what he thought was an instruction from God, he was able to save approximately 75 lives; lives of wounded soldiers. This man stayed behind after the battle scouting for those who were left to die. When you walk in purpose you impact lives directly or indirectly. So whenever you are discouraged or you do not think your idea is worth the fight, think about the lives to be touched.

Nothing is great until a life is changed

John C. Maxwell

If you come to the realization that your idea and your obedience is beyond you then you will be propelled to not only start but stick through to the end.

4. Believe your beliefs: Desmond was the only one who stood by his religious beliefs and not only did he survive war but he was rewarded for it. As a believer, there are times where standing by what you believe will be difficult. There are times when you will feel all alone and you may even be persecuted, but when you are sure that your belief is grounded in the word of God, may I encourage you to stick with it.

I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun – not because I can see it but by it I can see everything else

C.S Lewis

5. Your purpose journey may be a lonely road INITIALLY: When you decide to live life differently, the road will initially be a lonely road. Everyone likes result but you would rarely find people to identify with you when it seems like your directive is stupid. I mean think about it, fighting without a gun is plain stupid. You may have people cheer you at the beginning but when it comes to going the long haul with you, they are few. You have to be ok with that. Everyone won’t understand your drive or your passion but its your job to run with it. Stick with it to the very end.

So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing

1 Corinthians 9:26 (NLT)
Desmond T. Doss (February 7, 1919 – March 23, 2006)

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Olaide · April 28, 2020 at 7:38 am

This is unbelievable. I like the lessons You pulled out too.

Olarewaju Victor · April 27, 2020 at 10:23 pm

Thanks for this awesome summary, I really learn from it.

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