“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”

This quote, and this scene, from Gladiator is one of my film favorites. Maximus has been betrayed and his family has been murdered. He has suffered the danger and humilation of being made a gladiator. Yet he never forgets who he is wimpy Commodus demands to know who he is (behind his mask) he courageously speaks the truth of who he is.

As John Eldredge reminds us in Wild at Heart, we Christians need to remember well who we truly are. Maybe not a commander of armies … but certainly children of the King called to courageously and dependently carry out a mission.


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