Family, Musings

The Ultimate Gift

I rarely recommend a movie–everyone’s tastes are different and there are not that many movies worth recommending. But . . .

I would like to recommend the movie, The Ultimate Gift, based on the novel by the same name written by Jim Stovall.

I don’t want to “blow the ending” but the story is about a series of gifts given as a part of an inheritance.

The gifts of work, family, love, dreams, laughter, giving (value), friends, learning, money, problems (dealing with lose), gratitude and the gift of a day.

We normally would not think of these as “gifts” but what greater gifts could we give than values?

The movie resonated with me because of my goals, part of my mission, is to leave a legacy.

Family Missions Statement
Our desire is to give God maximum glory and advance a LEGACY by
a growing and authentic walk with Him as LORD
maintaining a LOVING family life filled with LAUGHTER
developing as discerning LEARNERS
and LEADING by investing our involvements and influence in others.

And this movie provides some concepts around which to leave a legacy.

This is not a “Christian” movie.  That is, it does not speak much of faith, though the concept is present.  It doesn’t share the gospel.  And the wonderful message of grace through the cross, the greatest legacy we can leave our children, is not present.

So enjoy it and see how you can leave a legacy.



Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

2 Comments on “The Ultimate Gift

  1. Hey Mr. Kilgore!
    I just found your blog. Thanks for recommending this movie. I´ve been wanting to rent it, but wasn´t sure about it. I shall rent it next time and let you know what I think.
    By the way, your mission statement is pretty encouraging and impressing. Glorifying to the Lord!
    God bless you!


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