How Nacho Libre Changed My Life | Waco Dallas Metro/ Ann Arbor Detroit Metro Professional Home Organizer
When I first watched Nacho Libre in 2007 with a group of people, I had just graduated from A&M. I took a job in college ministry and had enrolled for seminary so I could go into full time ministry or do a dual grad degree for international missions and intercultural communication (undergrad was Speech Communication). I started going down that path for at least a year.
Deep down from as early as 4th grade, I remember wanting to run a business - a craft shop in particular. Maybe because of limited thinking or influences during my Jr & Sr years of college, I (subconsciously) came to believe that ministry and missions were a more "worthwhile" pursuit than running a business, much less a craft shop. Certainly more spiritual.
After a year in ministry I realized God created me to work with my hands, and it is a special gift He gave me that I wasn't using. When I watched Nacho Libre and saw his desire to wrestle, but how people in the movie would tell him that basically it's unspiritual ("It's in the Bible not to wrestle your neighbor"), I could relate.
And so he would hide that part of his life and do his priestly duties, while dreaming of something else. He wanted to wrestle and earn money so he could feed the kids at the orphanage something more than the yucky soup they ate. At the beginning of the movie one kid commented, "Why can't we ever have like a salad or something?" and if you notice later on, the first meal Nacho serves the kids after winning money from wrestling is a big salad. :)
It was a learning moment for me that the dreams and "unspiritual passions" I had like crafts were not just silly but could be used for more. They could be strategic and influential in advancing God's Kingdom.
Soon after in 2009, I started my first business which was a handmade craft & greeting card business. I did that for several years before a trademark issue where I had to close it down and that was all before becoming a full time professional organizer like I am now. I feel so much more genuine and purposeful in helping people with their messes and encouraging their spirits with truths of the gospel than I do just being a talking mouth. There's room and need for both, but I've found my role & gift to be more hands-on.
I trace back some of my foundational thinking about entrepreneurship to the moment I watched that movie and had a group conversation about it afterwards. That's how Nacho Libre changed my life. 😉 As it turned out, he does "know a butt load of crap about the gospel." 😂
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