A Not So Unexpected Journey

A Not So Unexpected Journey

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

I don’t know if you’re into Middle Earth movies. But, if you’re a J.R.R. Tolkien fan, like me, then you probably enjoy The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

I recently watched a behind the scenes video of Peter Jackson’s directing of The Hobbit and was quite amazed at the pressure behind these brilliant creations. Peter Jackson says,

“There are certain characters in movies where you just have this understanding going in that, unless you get this right, you’re actually jeopardizing the movie.”

Some of the crew say, “It’s a character that everyone knows, everyone grew up with. And the pressure of bringing that to light…it’s crazy!” (Eric Saindon). “How do you re-create something that everyone is waiting to see, and everyone has expectations of?” (John Howe). Jackson answers, “That’s actually a privileged place to be…That’s the good part. The bad part is, we have to deliver.”

I couldn’t help but think, that’s life as a follower of Christ sometimes. You don’t have to be a Christian to have people prejudging you. Part of life on Earth is that the world has their expectations of what they think you should be. But as a Christian trying to bring to light Christ in my life, knowing the expectations people have when you claim to be a follower of Christ, and to re-create as He lived on this earth, that’s a BIG pressure.

Most impressions are made within the first five to ten seconds, and unless you nail the “character of Christ” you want to impress upon people, then you’re actually “jeopardizing the movie.” Romans 1:8 says, “people everywhere in the world are talking about your faith.” What do you want to leave them with?

A quote from Tolkien comes to mind. “Bilbo saw that the moment had come when he must do something.”

Your moment is now.

Your moment is always.

Have you seen that this moment has come?

Will you do something?

“If people’s thinking is controlled by the sinful self, there is death. But if their thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace.” -Romans 8:6

There’s no pressure then, when we choose to live freely following God’s way, “controlled by the Spirit,” instead of choosing our own way. When you follow the script and the listen to the One Who wrote it, there’s not so much pressure, because He’s already given you the answers.

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