The other night, I had the opportunity to watch a fantastic movie with my son called Hacksaw Ridge. While the movie was fantastic, it was even better because of the time spent with Emerson.
The film was set during World War II in the Pacific Theater where Allies were attempting to take over a ridge to move forward to Okinawa against the Japanese.
Based on true events, the main character of the movie, Desmond Doss, was a conscientious objector that would not bear arms but served his country as a medic during the horrific battle. The focus tells the story of how Doss risked his life to save many others all while holding to his beliefs. (There are no spoilers in this blog)!
In particular, there is one line spoken by Doss that I’ve been thinking about.
“Lord, help me get one more.”
Doss prays this multiple times as guidance and protection to help him save one more life on Hacksaw Ridge. He ends up getting about 75 more. While many of us may never be faced with this type of life and death situation, the meaning can ring true in our daily lives.
Maybe it isn’t as drastic as saving a life, maybe it can be. Perhaps it is “Lord, let me help one person today,” or “Lord, let me see Christ in one person today.” It could even be “Lord, let one person see Christ in me today.”
Saying this is easy. Living it can be a different matter entirely, especially with all the negativity in the world. It can be easier to do nothing.
However, if we could just get one more each day, wouldn’t our lives and the lives of those around us be in a better place? Not five, ten or twenty but just one more.
And maybe, just maybe, that one more that you help today will save them from their own personal Hacksaw Ridge.