People Can Change

I had been wanting to watch this movie since it came out, but it just didn’t make the top of the list… until last Friday. On the way home, I stopped at the DVD store and picked up 16 Blocks. It’s a good movie about police corruption. Jack Mosley, (Bruce Willis) is a beaten down alcohol driven cop who is given the assignment to take the witness, Eddie, (Mos Def) to testify before the grand jury. The dirty cops intend to make sure that he never makes it the 16 blocks to the courthouse. Eddie is a low level criminal who is annoyingly likable. But he has come to a junction in his life and has determined to make a change. Jack is sure that people don’t change. We learn in the course of the film that Jack is one of cops that Eddie’s testimony will take down. While they are in a hostage situation, Jack manages to help Eddie escape. As he contemplates what is about to happen to Jack, Eddie turns and goes back to convince him that people can change.  

The Old Book says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (II Corinthians 5:17).   Although Jack was a corrupt cop, he was noble in heart. Through his encounter with Eddie, he also resolved that he would stand up and do what was right. Eddie taught Jack– or reminded him, that people can change, that it is never too late to do the right thing.  

You will meet someone this week that needs to change. They’ll need to know that you’re pulling for them. They’ll need your support. They’ll need assurance that people can change. I’m counting on the truth that people can change. A year ago, I determined that I needed to change. I did some hard work and faced some hard truths, and I’m not finished, but make no mistake, by the grace of God, people can change. telemicus out

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