Get ready to run!!!
That’s the tagline for the movie that I recently watched: The Maze Runner. I watched this movie twice, last Friday and the Friday previous to that (because the first one was free! 🙂 ).
It was a great action packed movie and I think that for the average movie goer, you wouldn’t be disappointed with your PHP 200+ pesos.
The plot of the movie goes something like this (taken from Wikipedia). Don’t worry I will not spoil you with any of the crucial parts of the film :)), I’ll just give you a short plot about the movie (taken from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maze_Runner_(film)):
“The story follows sixteen-year-old Thomas, portrayed by O’Brien, who awakens in a rusty elevator with no memory of who he is, only to learn he’s been delivered to the middle of an intricate maze, along with a slew of other boys, who have been trying to find their way out of the ever-changing labyrinth.”
In this labyrinth, there are these creatures which are called “Grievers”.
“A Griever is a creature that lives in the Maze and comes out after dark. Its purpose is to kill the Gladers. It is described as being a bulbous, dark creature, with many appendages such as spikes, shears, and rods. A Griever can “sting” Gladers, or prick them, which causes extreme pain for up to days or weeks.”(http://mazerunner.wikia.com/wiki/Griever)
A Griever looks something like this:
Pretty scary right? I would also be scared if I were one of the characters in the maze. In fact, all the gladers (the characters in the story) were afraid of it because they know that if you get stuck in the maze with these things you will not be able to survive.
There’s a segment in the film where our hero: Thomas, went inside the maze as it was about to close to rescue two other characters (Minho and Alby) because they got delayed in getting back to their home base. The other character (Minho) had mixed emotions when Thomas went in with them because he was pretty sure that they were as good as dead. However, to cut the long story short, Thomas was able to manuever one of the Grievers and kill it inside the maze. It took him a while but it he survived anyway. It was close to impossible how he could have survived that ordeal.
The scene that struck me more however, was not when Thomas defeated a Griever. No, it was when a group of these gladers went in the maze for one final push to escape the labyrinth. Of course, to escape that place, they had to get pass these Grievers. In one scene, they noticed a Griever guarding the key exit that they needed pass through. Immediately, since they were so determined to get out of that place they charged with all of their might to try and get pass through that one Griever. Since they were a team that tried to attack the Griever, they had an advantage in killing the Griever.
Compared to just one person fighting a griever, a group of people fending of these things makes the world of a difference.
It struck me at that point that there’s where the power of unity comes in. Team effort makes the world of a difference when trying to address any type of challenge that may face us. That may be a group project, a basketball game, an event or discipleship. Compared to one glader trying to kill a Griever, just like Thomas in the earlier part of the film. The power of a team makes the world of a difference. The team, trying to overcome a griever, took less time and effort in defeating that creature. That’s why unity is so powerful and effective.
The good thing with the team is that they didn’t just fight the griever individually at the same time, but they fought as a unit… TOGETHER. They fought the Griever very close to one another and had their spears directed towards the Griever. This made it difficult for the creature to just come in and attack at any moment. THEY WERE BETTER TOGETHER. A team is not just enough, there must be teamwork as well, that’s where the power of unity comes in. As the old saying goes, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. 1+1 is not just equal to 2, but 3, 4, 5, 6, … and so on and so forth.
Go for unity, apply teamwork and great things will happen. Remember: WE’RE BETTER TOGETHER! 🙂