Most of you will remember Braveheart, the 1995 epic film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. The film portrays Sir William Wallace, a 13th century Scottish Knight who gained recognition when he came to the forefront of the First War of Scottish Independence by opposing King Edward I of England, also known as “Longshanks” played by Patrick McGoohan in this dramatic film.

William Wallace led the uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wished to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace’s father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he lost yet another of his loved ones, William Wallace began his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce.

The film won five Academy Awards at the 68th Academy Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director, and was nominated for an additional five.

So what made this film so popular?  What struck a chord with so many people?  Was is because of the themes of the movie – the heart and freedom?  I think it could have been. 

To be brave at heart requires courage, committment, and character.  God can give you all of these AND freedom.  All you need to do is ask, it’s really that simple.

Watch the video, feel the passion. Feel brave at heart and free. 

So what will you do with your freedom?

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