The most-darling-three-year-old-in-the-Universe, (my oldest granddaughter) is R-E-A-L-L-Y into princess stuff. Like, it’s a struggle for her mom to get her to change out of one of her (many) princess outfits if they need to go public somewhere, like to the grocery store.
Of course, then she got a mermaid bathing suit, and it’s been rough getting her out of that one, as in this recent chat with her mom:
“Don’t ever make proclamations about how you’ll parent or what your child/ren will do. That’s how you end up in a suburban bank with a 3-year-old mermaid perched on your hip.”
But, along with Pooh Bear, mermaids, and tea parties, the princess things still rank pretty high on her radar for now. And as with all things (grand)parenting, it give us great pleasure to follow those interests with her. What will develop next?Continue reading “Casting call: princesses and mermaids”
If Truth in Palmyra thinks he can throw down the gauntlet and get away with it, then I’m in! (And I hope, if you’re reading this, you are also!)
Here’s the meme he posted:
To which my comment included:
“How would I live now if I really embrace fully this concept? What would be different about my responses and concerns?”
Followed by his invitation of:
“That’s a good question…what’s the answer? You first.”
Here’s some beginning thoughts, but perhaps you might add a few more? I have referenced a several blogs specifically, but anyone can play, as long as we all play nice. (Actually, all Christians could use some insight on this one, so comments are welcomed and solicited.)
My two cents:
If I’m made (created/designed) for another world, that must mean that I have certain otherwise “alien” (non-resident) capacities that are not considered “normal” for this place. (I should not be put off by modern-day usage of Acts 2 and 1 Corinthians 12-14, for example.)
If I’m made (created/designed) for another world, I should not be taken aback when I am misunderstood, misrepresented, and/or mistreated.
If I’m made (created/designed) for another world, that may mean that I have certain pit-falls, spiritual “kryptonite” if you will, that must be avoided at all costs, but doesn’t seem to cause any discomfort to those who are of this world.
Okay I guess that three cents instead of two. And perhaps I should stop, since I’m delving a bit deeper into the Superman analogy (that’s my husband’s blog…) But when you think of it, that’s what we are called to be, in a sense, naturally not of our own power but by the supernatural power from an Other-Worldly Source.
Don’t you think it’s about time for these guys to start finding their own food?? I don’t think mom and dad are going to be able to keep sustaining them (and themselves) much longer, and they’re outgrowing the nest by more than a bit. Dependence is a comfortable thing, however, and self-sufficiency is hard work, and somewhat dangerous at times. Just look at what happened to the Israelites during the prophet Samuel’s time—
Backstory: because of the enemy occupation, there were no blacksmiths allowed in Israel. To sharpen anything, God’s (wayward) people had to go the non-Israelite smithies to simply file an axe or other daily implements. (As if my kitchen knives weren’t dull enough…) This was a really smart ploy of the enemy—they were basically in control of the weaponry, which decidedly put the people of Yahweh at an uncomfortable disadvantage.
“So on the day of the battle none of the people of Israel had a sword or spear, except for Saul and Jonathan.”
Unfortunately, our Enemy employs the same tactic today when I allow myself to become dependent on church leadership and the pastoral staff/worship team/Sunday school teachers for my personal spiritual sustenance and the responsibility I have for the effect of the Gospel in my family and community.
Okay, that was a run-on sentence, and back in high school my comp teacher, Mrs. Rose, used to give my red ink for that. So I’ll break it down.
Point #1: Any church philosophy that encourages the people to become solely dependent on the leadership team is from the enemy camp.
When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world? After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News.
Point #2: Church leadership is not to keep us in the nest, but to prepare us to fly on our own. That doesn’t preclude church affiliation (mustn’t take the analogy too far) as it is obvious God expects us to keep up our teamwork and fellowship. There is, however, a specific call for the church to BE the church, not merely GO to church.
“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”
Even “dumb animals” like robins know when it’s time to grow up and feed themselves.
I find the explosion of super hero-mania interesting. (Not so much the zombie fascination, although I’m sure there’s probably plenty of fodder there for the psychologists, also.) I went to to see the original Star Wars back in the late seventies, back before Harrison Ford and I had gray hair. Rumor has it that my in-laws knew one of the guys who played Darth Vadar, and that he was a really nice and gentle human being.
Good acting, that.
One spin-off from all of this super-hysteria is Marvel’s Agents of Shield. It’s a fairly violent show, so I’m not putting my Better Homes and Gardens Seal of Approval on it or anything, but it does bring up an interesting make-believe concept: people may have latent super powers for which they didn’t ask. And, secondly, they need to learn to control those gifts for good or for bad purposes. AND in that learning process, there tends to be “collateral damage” along the way.
But, really, is that so far-fetched?
We all have hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) traits that need to be harnessed, but to do so, they must first be identified. What we may initially think is a curse, may be the very thing our Creator had downloaded into our personal hard drive for a specific purpose. When it’s tempting to think, “Why did God make me this way? It seems so abnormal!!”, it may actually be wiser to ask, “Why did You make me this way? What’s Your plan?”
Case in point: I seem to not “feel” as deeply as some others do. I tend not to “miss” people so much when they are away, although I love it when I see them again. Or why some people seem so blessed with “feeling” the presence of God, and I’m just, well,…me. So I wondered about my emotional make-up, until I began to see how this irregularity functions quite well when there is a need for calm, unemotional evaluation or action.
And then I just love the whole Bruce Banner/Hulk thing. He’s finally starting to figure out how his curse can be used as a blessing, although it is only via his interaction and relationship with his new-found Avenger teammates that he is learning to harness his power for good. He needs his friends’ help. We are no different.
Finally, in the learning process, there tends to be hurt. For me, people may think I don’t love them, or in the other example, that I’m not in love with God. Both assumptions are grossly wrong. Here’s where clear communication is so important. Pray for grace, pray for protection. We have an enemy that would like to fully take advantage of this misunderstanding.
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”