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The Room (Short Film) - StJW Youth Ministry

A St. Joseph the Worker Film Brought to you by the StJW Youth Ministry Video adaptation of "The Room" by Joshua Harris.
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In this video, a girl finds herself in a room full of files. Those files include every single thought and moment she’s ever had. Some are good, some not so much. Some make her happy, others, ashamed. She hates how they make her feel and she tries her hardest to destroy them, but to no avail. Eventually she is visited by Jesus, who holds her and writes his name on all her files with his blood, letting her know how much he’d give up for her.

 

There are times where I think about what I’ve done in my past, and most of the time, I have a lot of regrets. If I was to ever see a room on myself, I’d most likely want to destroy it all too.

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that near the end of your lifetime, you can recall all your past memories without shame? It’s unlikely, as all of us have had our moments of weakness and times where we haven’t always done the most moral thing. We all have our vices and dark thoughts, ones that can leave us remorseful. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and after watching this video, I’m going to find it hard to make any actions without thinking about who’s looking down at me and watching. We shouldn’t do anything we wouldn’t want our own children doing. We should live a life we can be proud of. Instead of worrying about the things we’ve done in the past, we should ask God for forgiveness and aspire to be the better person in the future. 

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Vincenzo Pissokas's comment, November 10, 2013 9:43 PM
I enjoyed this video because it showed me that we always make decisions and some may not be the best out of the options but no matter what mistakes we have made in our lives, God will always be there ready to comfort us and forgive us for our wrongs.
Siobhan Bruce's comment, November 15, 2013 10:22 AM
I also did enjoy the video. I also agree with CarrieAnn, about making decision that we would not want our children to make. But I think if I didn't make those mistakes I would not be the person I am today.
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Identity SHORT FILM (Award Winning Inspirational Short)

NEW SHORT FILM coming soon! This is my biggest project yet. Check it out at www.toberomanced.com "Living in a world where everybody wears masks due to lack o...
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In this short film, a girl, surrounded by people who look up to society (the ones who wear masks), accidentely cracks her own mask and is exposed to who she really is. She likes what she finds under the mask and isn't afraid to go out and share who she is with the world, even if many don't find it acceptable according to their society of what's in and what's out. The mask was supposed to be what's beautiful but she found the beauty in being herself.

 

I believe this short film strongly relates to the Beautitude of being poor in spirit. Accepting ourselves is a key to happiness and the sooner we become comfortable with ourselves, the happier we will be. We shouldn't be afraid of showing others who we really are, and wearing our masks prevent others from seeing the people we really are. I am guilty of wearing a mask around certain people, and when I do take it off, life seems twice as bright. It's sometimes hard to be yourself around people who've already let society control them but we don't need to be followers. We shouldn't let others tell us who we should be.

 

Identity is a thing we all hope to find. All of us want to learn who we truly are and what our purpose is in this world. It's difficult sometimes, considering the media's perception of acceptance is warped and deformed. In the video, the girls teacher talked about a cave, and leaving the cave was enlightenment, enabling the ones who leave to free the others who were still trapped. The cave was a metaphor for today's society and leaving it is like entering a new, better world. There was also a bulletin board that showed what beauty really was, but not everyone can look like that and it's time our society recognized that. We shouldn't lose who we are inside because we want to fit in. What I especially loved about this video is how after the girl took off her mask, people were judging her, but she didn't care because she found out who she was and she was happy with that. She was happy being herself and that sends a strong message to others.

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LOOK AT YOURSELF AFTER WATCHING THIS.mp4

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Nick Vujicic is a 30-year-old motivational speaker who was born with tetra-amelia syndrome (born without his limbs). As a child, his disability affected him horribly and he grew up expecting the worst. He didn't believe he was going to get married or have a job. Neither did he believe his life was going to be meaningful. But he did get married and he does have a job travelling around the world to spread hope. And what he does is extremely meaningful. 

 

His perspective on life is like no other, and his optimistic view inspires me greatly. Hearing him speak about how he has accepted how he is has affected me. The importance of looking inside of a person is immense. It isn't fair to ourselves to think we aren't important, it's not fair to think we're worthless. Every person who makes a difference in someone else's life has a purpose. 

 

Nick Vujicic may have been born without arms or legs, but he lives his life to the fullest and he was blessed with the biggest heart. There's many thing's he's incapable of doing, but he's accepted that and he thanks God for what he does have. Growing up must have been hard on him emotionally and mentally, but he's made such a big difference to the people he's spoken to and to me as well. He is extraordinary in every single way. 

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Lindsay Smith's comment, October 18, 2013 11:18 PM
This video really makes re-evalute our society today. Society has made this definition of what perfection is and what perfection looks like. But what societies standards of "beautiful" is, almost no one can reach those standards. Like Nick Vujicic said there are so many girls who have eating disorders and even he at just eight years old had thought no one would marry him, that he is useless, and of no importance. But the fact is, we are all important and are special. Nick Vuijicic was born without arms and legs but he has realized his limitations and is happy with himself, which is a lesson we can all learn from him.
Evan Wyatt's comment, October 20, 2013 6:02 PM
I strongly agree with both Carrie-Anne's and Lindsay's insight, society depicts people as perfect, perfect body, hair, personality, etc. And if we don't deem ourselves as perfect then we feel worthless, as Nick stated we aren't worthless but we are worth something. Like Carrie-Anne stated how he lives life to the fullest and he has a big heart, he looked past imperfections to find motivation and inspiration to be important. Also what Lindsay said about realizing limitations is really big too, without knowing your limitations you don't know how much you can achieve until you try and Nick really demonstrates this splendidly. I strongly agree with both of their insights about limitations, society, perfection and personal growth
Abbeygail's comment, November 11, 2013 3:46 PM
This man here is telling/showing us that he's still enjoying life,that he's still happy,comfortable talking with other about himself and that he still can do things on his own...I think you should accept people how they are not only on the outside but as well as the inside
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Not as the World Gives (Christian Short Film)

"Not as the World Gives" is a short Christian film about finding peace. We can all struggle everyday with the pressures and frustrations that can make life a...
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In this short video, a woman shows us what it’s like to live without faith. Everything’s a struggle for her, and she deals with the frustration of waking up, working and going home. Every day is the same and she can’t find the peace within herself. At work, she refuses to speak with Jesus over the phone, but after the third day, she accepts the phone call and is enlightened. She makes peace with the things that used to frustrate her and ends up happier.

 

While I can’t relate as much to finding God (as I’ve believed in God since a young age), I can relate to finding peace within myself by changing my perspective. The lady in the video changed her perspective by accepting Jesus and I can change my perspective through something as inspiring.

 

It’s hard to find time for God in day to day life. We get distracted, and sometimes forget all about our faith. It can lead to negative outlooks if we decide to ignore God and what he’s taught us. We should remember that God will always be here for us, and we can talk to him whenever we need to. He’ll never turn his back on us. 

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2+2=5 | Two & Two - [MUST SEE] Nominated as Best Short Film of 2012 Bafta Film Awards

In a school governed by a strict regime, the pupils are informed that simple facts are no longer true. Two & Two ------ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1701187/
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This short film takes place in a school where it’s not right to question your elders. What they say is and always will be correct. Young boys, who were taught that 2+2=4, are now being told that they are wrong. 2+2 is not 4 but 5. Questioning the authenticity of the answer would result in consequences, and a young boy ends up being killed for standing up for what he believed was the answer.  

 

This film relates to what is actually happening in certain countries, where the governments control the people. If you don’t agree with what the government has to say, you will be punished, even if they are wrong. “Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” This film also relates to this beatitude, as the boy stood up for what he believed in, even after being warned that there would be consequences. He was killed for speaking up while others would not.

 

Being persecuted for the sake of righteousness is something that a lot of people are afraid of. They won’t stand up for what’s right in fear of being teased or bullied or possibly being killed. It happens everywhere; from small things such as being told your opinion is wrong to big things like being killed for opposing your government. Admittedly, it can be very hard to stand up for others when you yourself could be persecuted, but we have to think of what’s morally right. Wouldn’t you want others to stand up for you if you’re being treated unfairly? 

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