Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Hobbit

Today's paper announced that Peter Jackson, film director of the Lord of the Rings, has begun adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel that precedes the trilogy, The Hobbit.

As you will recall from the Lord of the Rings, two of the major characters were Frodo and Sam, Hobbits. Little people with a big task, they risked life and limb to perform the jobs assigned to them . . . and after much difficulty, they succeeded.

This is a good reminder for us! Nothing worthwhile is attained without hard work and determination. If Sam and Frodo had given up at the first sign of trouble, well, the story would have had a different ending. 

The biggest job we face, I believe, is in sorting out what jobs we have been assigned by God.

"For we are God's workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do."
~ Ephesians 2:10

Then, we must set our face toward the goal and press on to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). Along the way, like Frodo and Sam, we will receive help from our friends and comforters, most notably the Holy Spirit.

Can you share with us a time when you felt all was lost only to feel the under-girding strength of God Himself?

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