The Bare Necessities

I first want to thank everyone for their kind words of encouragement. It means a lot to me.

This post won’t really give much insight into my personal life, but I hope to be able to mix things up a little bit from week to week. Sometimes it will be something I’m going through and other times it will be a thought I had or an insight I received from something I saw or heard.

This week I went to the movie theater to see The Jungle Book. After watching the movie I was reminded of the fact that none of us can do life alone, especially if you are a Christian trying to live a life of faith. Oh sure, we can try. But it is a hell of a lot easier with others.

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One line, in particular, stood out to me. “The wolf makes the pack; the pack makes the wolf.” Reminds me of the words of Paul in 1st Corinthians 12 when he says “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it (v. 27, NLT).” This was a recurring theme throughout the movie.

Mowgli, the main character, was a human or “a man cub” and not a wolf, he was different and did things differently. This was frowned upon by the pack. He wasn’t allowed to use his “tricks”. What the pack didn’t realize was that his being different was what made him valuable to the pack. In fact, it wasn’t until he was allowed to use his “tricks” that he found his place in the pack. And ultimately the so-called tricks saved everyone from the evil Shere Khan.

43835233-media_httpfarm6static_xvCpHI remember a time when I felt like I never quite fit in. Even as a Christian I have had, and sometimes still have, times when I think I don’t fit in. I know this isn’t true. When I start feeling like that I remind myself that 1st Corinthians 12 says we each have a gift so we can help each other and that God put us right where he wants us (vv. 7,18).

Writing every week to share my life on this blog is part of me finding my place. I hope everyone can find their place. If you have no clue what your place is do something, anything. Keep trying different things until you find what fits you. Sometimes you may have to do something for awhile until you know if it does or doesn’t fit you. But do something. We are all needed.

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3 thoughts on “The Bare Necessities

  1. All of us, no matter who we are, want to fit in. Not fitting in isolates us, and we feel all alone. It is only when we embrace our uniqueness of the gifts God gave us then we can shine as human beings and Children of God.

    As usual, good post, Dwight.

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