Letter from Act of Valor Movie

The Father leaves this letter for his son… These are the words of Tecumseh, Chief of the Shawnee…

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and
Demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life,
Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and
Its purpose in the service of your people.

Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
Even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and
Bow to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and
For the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks,
The fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing,
For abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts
Are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes
They weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again
In a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.


About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting and serving on the Church Ministries Management Team for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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8 Responses to Letter from Act of Valor Movie

  1. Brenda Barnes says:

    Simply divine.

  2. Noemi says:

    I value the letter and find it very sentimental in my life and value system I live for everyday.

  3. Ahmed El Husseiny says:

    I rarely find a movie that shows a good role model that father leaves to his son or set of principals that they stand up to, very well done.

  4. Ahmed says:

    wow i think i’m going to tattoo that on my body..

  5. budi santoso says:

    very good letter in this

  6. eric maina says:

    those wordz gave a lot of stregnth to my life.

  7. John "Blast" Furness says:

    The True Warrior prays for peace. But…when peace cannot be achieved, then, the True Warrior prays for a swift and decisive victory, so that War will only live in days of yore. Blast Furness 2001

  8. John Wayland says:

    I read this letter every week! My moral values and my principles are pretty much defined in it. I have quoted from it many times

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