Excuse me while I sound a little bit Hollywood for a moment…but I had the opportunity to interview a movie director last week! Yes, I got to “hangout” with my friend Erika Marie of OneSimpleMama.com and Stephen Bradley, writer and director of the award-winning movie NOBLE. (You can watch the video of our chat here – and hear what Stephen Bradley has to say about why he chose to do the film.)
The movie features the true story of Christina Noble, a woman who survives a traumatic childhood in the slums of Ireland to travel across the globe and rescue children from the streets of Vietnam.
I have to admit, the film surprised me in several ways. I expected an uplifting story of an inspirational and selfless woman. And I figured the movie would be family-friendly and upbeat. What I discovered was the incredible journey of a beaten but determined woman, who rose above every obstacle to fulfill her mission. The story of Christina Noble isn’t pretty – but it’s powerful and purposeful.
While I doubt God’s plans for me involve traveling to Vietnam to save millions of homeless children, I learned a lot from the movie about what it takes to be a NOBLE Woman.
Three Traits of a NOBLE Woman:
A NOBLE Woman is Faithful: Christina Noble grew up in an Irish Catholic community, raised in part by nuns (who were not exactly portrayed in the most positive light in the film). Yet her faith was not expressed in the traditional Catholic manner. I don’t recall seeing her say the Rosary or the Hail Mary or even attend Mass. But there are several poignant scenes in the movie where Christina confronts God in a church and demands a response from him. Her faith was stronger than religion. It wasn’t confined to scripture and ceremony. It was real and it was raw. And it carried her through the darkest of days. It was a reminder that God wants to have a relationship with us.
A NOBLE Woman is Obedient: Here’s a woman who had a dream and left everything she had to travel across the world. She didn’t have a plan. She didn’t even know exactly what she was doing, let alone how to do it. That sounds like something straight out of the Bible if you ask me. I mean, the Lord spoke to her in a dream! She followed him without knowing what was in store for her. Without feeling qualified or prepared. I don’t know about you, but I’m a lot more willing to obey God when I have a plan and I know what to expect. Christina’s unconditional obedience was one of her most NOBLE traits.
A NOBLE Woman is Unstoppable: Most people would have given up long before Christina Noble even set foot on Vietnamese ground. They would have given up in the slums of Ireland. But Christina faced obstacles, fear and rejection that left her with a deeper resolve than ever before. Every setback seemed to fuel her tenacity and propel her forward. Her story inspired me to view the obstacles in my life as opportunities.
I’m curious, what do you think it takes to be a NOBLE woman? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
NOBLE, the movie opens May 8 in select theaters nationwide.