Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Be Ready

We spent a lot of time watching movies over the Thanksgiving break. Grandma and Grandpa don't get to the movie theater for animated movies much unless their grandkids are there and so How To Train Your Dragon was one they had not seen. My kids (and me and Mark) love that movie so we popped it in and watched it with them.

Since it was not my first time to watch it, I did some pondering while it was on. This movie is about a young Viking boy named Hiccup whose dad is the leader of their island. The island must constantly fight dragons and Hiccup is a scrawny kid with not a lot of fight in him. He has the deep desire to please his dad but can't seem to fit the Viking mold. He works with the blacksmith in the village repairing swords and weapons for the other Vikings.

He creates a "machine" to shoot a dragon....the dreaded Night Fury. He wants to kill a dragon so his dad will be proud. He does shoot it--but the dragon does not die and Hiccup finds himself at a crossroads--does he kill the dragon or not? He chooses to help the dragon who was permanently injured from his fall.

How does he help? With his skills that he has learned by working with the blacksmith. He creates a a new tail section and a saddle of sorts so he can ride him. The only way for Toothless (the dragon) to fly is with Hiccup. The only way Hiccup could have helped him was to use the knowledge and skills he DID have and not try to pretend to be something he is not. He learns a lot more on his journey, but I do not want to give away any more of the movie if you have not seen it.

But back to Hiccup wanting to be a Viking. Isn't that how we are? Maybe we don't want to be a viking, but sometimes we are trying to be someone we are not and do things we are not equipped to do. God created you each with a purpose--and that purpose is unique to only you. You can't be "another someone else"---you have to be you. You have talents and skills that God needs right where you are. So instead of trying to fit the Viking mold when you are a blacksmith, embrace your inner blacksmith and rise to the occasion where slaying the dragon is not your only option. He needs you to be you and no one else.

I need to remember that. I need to be ready to be exactly who God wants me to be and no one else.

" For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

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  1. i saw the movie in the theater with my kids last spring. i was not disappointed, even teared up a few times. i think it is an owner for sure. such a good story (as you mention) about being who God has created us to be.

  2. And you are a good you! Thanks for the lesson - we all do have unique gifts and God created us to use them! Thanks for using yours -
    (and thanks for two posts in a row!!)