Thursday, May 11, 2017
Are You a Captain Nobody or Captain Somebody?
So Newt has no one to help him with his dilemma. His friends show up on Halloween to find him downhearted because he hasn't thought of a character, but they help him cut up some of his brother's hand-me-down clothes, which included his brother's initials, CN, on the headband. When asked who he was and what CN stood for, his friends came up with the name Commander Neutron, but Newt disagrees and says he's "Captain Nobody". Sad, because of his own need for identity, but happy, because he didn't have to prove himself to be anyone of significance. That's as far as we've gotten in the book. I'm sure there's a happy ending coming!
When we finished our chapters for the day, Bryson said, "I had a crazy dream last night. I dreamed that I was Mr. Goo Goo and I shot goo out on enemies. Unfortunately, the big monster who looked like Godzilla, ate me. The end." LOL! Not a very happy ending, but I think that dream was a byproduct of reading about Captain Nobody!
As much as I love superhero stories, I always love to rein the kids back into reality. The greatest news of all, we are all here on this earth at this time to be "somebodies". No, we may not be a Spider Man, Hulk, Cinderella or Snow White, but in God's Kingdom, we are the stars of His show. We are the movers and the shakers -- the history makers. We are the ones who are the every day heroes. Every time we raise our hand and say "Count me in!" to volunteer for worthy causes, we are a hero. Every time we pursue justice on behalf of the poor and marginalized, we are exercising the dominion that God's Word speaks of in Genesis. We do it when we welcome a stranger or showing God's love to those in need. We do it when we teach others what God is like.
Isn't it time we realize there's a role God called us to fill in His Kingdom story? Really there is only one Lord, God, Master, Ruler....SUPER HERO and when we position ourselves under His authority, He equips us to live out our unique purposes as every day heroes that make a difference in this world -- being His hands extended. Matthew 25:35-40 "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ That sure sounds like a Captain Somebody to me!
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It was just "puppy love" that brought my Honey and I together at the ages of 13 and 12. We eventually married at the "mature" ages of 18 and 17. And that's when our faith journey began. Over the years, we encountered many opportunities to stretch our faith, especially when our babies were very sick, when financial situations were out of control, and when our marriage relationship had some rocky periods.But we made it through those times by our strong faith and trust in God. But never was our faith more challenged, than when my 63 years "young" husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer. Fortunately, the 44 years of marriage and faith-building experiences, caused us to "weather the storm", and still remain in peace and strong in our faith. This "peace that passed understanding" compelled me to blog and share the principles that caused our faith to be unwavering and continues to give me the joys of living large! I'm still here, so I'm not done!. I pray you will grow in your faith as you, not only read the blogs, but apply the principles to your own life -- for the good times, and especially for those times that seem so overwhelming.