Friday, April 14, 2017


I don't know if you have ever set a goal to change something about yourself and reached it.

If you have, you know that the feeling is pretty sweet.

If you have not, can I ask why?

There are likely a lot of factors but here are a few I think are the big ones...

1.  You settle for less.

It's easy to accept out shortcomings as "character traits".  We can rationalize our behavior by saying "that's the way I am, everyone else will just have to accept it."  True, the rest of the world has to take you as you are, but I believe as we become aware of things we can change and we don't take any action, the rest of the world does not owe you the time of day.

2.  The goals you think you would set are not realistic.

Is it hard to become an optimist when you are prone to pessimism?  Yes, if you think it has to happen overnight!  Can you be a little more optimistic everyday?  Yes!  Can you let go of a lifetime of anger in one day?  Not likely.  Can you think about the benefits of forgiveness for one minute right now!  Of course you can.  Small goals of change are the way to the big ones.

3.  You think you'll fail, so why try.

Of course you will fail.  You have to eliminate things that don't work.  A lot of thing about our lives that need changing have their own unique solution.  It's not going to happen unless you are willing to fail along with the rest of us.  No one will blame you for failure when you are working toward a goal. If you are willing to fail, you are willing to grow.

"For with God, nothing shall be impossible!"  Luke 1:37

Saturday, April 1, 2017

An Interesting Point of View

I have decided to post an article I read about the movie "Beauty and the Beast".  It's a live action adaptation of a Disney animated film that draws on a fairy tale...well you get the idea.

The article is by Phil Cooke, an expert in media and the Christian message.

Read and enjoy...

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What the Christian Critics Missed in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

There’s been a significant amount of criticism from some leaders in the Christian community over the gay-friendly aspects of the Walt Disney Studios live action feature “Beauty and the Beast.” By now you’ve heard about or seen the character LeFou who is infatuated with Gaston, and the musketeer who likes being dressed in a woman’s gown, so I don’t need to go into the details. Yes, we’re tired of Disney knocking themselves out to be politically correct in everything – particularly when it comes to historic and beloved stories like this. The pretension is just starting to get overwhelming.
But one thing I noticed in the movie was something the critics seemed to completely miss (or perhaps not care about.) That was the village pastor (or priest.) In the 1991 animated version, Belle gets her books from a book seller in the village. But in the live action version, that character has been changed to Père Robert, the village pastor, played by actor Ray Fearon.
He’s a minor character, but we discover it’s his church library where Belle gets her books. It’s obvious that she’s been there many times before because when she asks if he has any new books, he replies he hasn’t, but nevertheless she’s happy to re-read his old ones. A few scenes later, Père Robert helps Belle pick up her laundry off the ground, which some of the more crude villagers have thrown on the street because of her reading habits.
He’s also at the tavern when Maurice (Belle’s father) accuses Gaston of trying to kill him. Then, when Gaston arranges for Maurice to be taken to an asylum, it was Père Robert that pleads for them to take him to a hospital rather than a mental institution. In other places, the pastor doesn’t speak, but his facial expressions tell us about what needs to be done.
I say all this because granted, here’s a movie with some issues for Christians, however not one review (to my knowledge) has pointed out that the same studio changed the character of the book seller into a Christian pastor, made him the most loving person in the village to Belle, and then provided the moral compass when the villagers lost theirs.
Rather than boycotting, criticizing, or being offended about the gay issues (after all, do we really expect a for-profit secular studio to follow Biblical guidelines when making their movies?) I prefer to celebrate Disney’s decision to put a pastor as the moral center, the friend, and the servant leader to the rest of the characters in the film.
Bravo to the creative team.
I seem to recall something about lighting a candle instead of cursing the darkness…
Link to the full article and more from Phil...