It’s funny to me how God can use something as simple as Veggie Tales to speak to me and change my life. In this season of my life God is speaking to me about my identity and how that shapes me. The family I’m living with felt inclined to share this kids movie with me, “A Snoodle’s Tale”. They told me how much it impacted them and figured it would be good for me to see. And the beautiful thing about this friendship and fellowship we have is in sharing their story, I benefit from it in discovering my own.

This is a summary of a Snoodle’s Tale, for context and for your benefit:

“We witness the birth of one such creature named Snoodle Doo. He is born without any knowledge of his talents or abilities, but has on his back a backpack which contains paints, a paintbrush, and a kazoo. He also discovers he has wings. Attempting to figure out his purpose in life, he tries to utilize these gifts: first flying and then painting. But his attempts are met with ridicule by the older, more experienced Snoodles. Making matters worse, they paint him pictures of his failures and stuff them into his backpack. The weight of these pictures (and figuratively their ridicule) drag him down, making him feel worthless.

He decides to leave Snoodleburg and, observing the finches flying freely over Mt. Ginches, decides that he too will go there. After an arduous climb he eventually reaches the peak. There he meets a Stranger, the Creator of the Snoodles (which is a representation of God himself), who lives in a cave high above the clouds. The Stranger asks the Snoodle why he is so dejected, and the Snoodle explains that it’s because he is no good at anything. The Stranger invites him in for tea and throws the hurtful pictures into the fire, assuring him that he looks nothing like them at all. He draws him a new picture, one that shows him confident and proud, encouraging him not just to fly, but to soar. The Snoodle’s own picture, the one ridiculed by his elders, the Stranger hangs on his fridge.

The story ends as the young Snoodle flies back to Snoodleburg and tells of his journey to the others.”

So we watched it this morning and it became a true confirmation of what God is working in my heart. I am really having a paradigm shift with the way that I view myself and the way others view me. What should count and what does count is how God views me. The next step is to live out of that…and it becomes true freedom: living according to who God has made you to be. To be honest, I am really insecure in my image and I try so hard to present this well-put together person etc etc and it fails me. I have built up over the years the things that people perceive of me and the enemy taking those things and twisting them to where you think they are truths. For example, off-handed comments from someone close to me that I can’t sing that well. And I began to believe it and starting living out of that. Where’s the truth in that? I can’t find my identity in what other people think of me or what they want me to be. I have to live out of that place of who God wants me to be. God knows the depths of our hearts, He knows our desires and passions and who we are, truly. Can you imagine just being able to be yourself completely and wholly without judgement, without ridicule, without hurt? That’s what it’s like to be completely in Jesus, free from all the lies and hurt that weighs us down. So, I’m becoming more aware of myself in that sense. Acting out and presenting myself out of who God wants me to be and not out of insecurity or fear…which is always based on the past. But that’s not where God wants us to live. He wants us to be present.

Live out of that. Live out of the picture that God has created of who you are. Look at His image and His vision for your life. Not what other people say…or what you say. And watch a Snoodle’s Tale, because I promise it will speak to your heart. It’s a life-changing story.

Being single, people always say, “Take this time to focus on yourself.” And I would say that as well…saying, ‘I’m just focusing on me.’ Well, there needs to be a shift and instead of focusing on me…change it to…I’m focusing on Jesus. And that’s how it should be everyday of my life.

Focus on Jesus, because ultimately, we want to be like Him.

Anyways, just my thoughts for today. Be blessed

E

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