Whose Minion are You?

 

I’m excited to introduce to you a post that caught my attention by a fellow blogger, Ally Carter.


The minions traveled the world searching for the most evil of villains to serve. It’s what they lived for. They were minions, underlings, followers. Without someone, or something to follow they were hopeless.

When they finally found the one they would serve, they found their purpose, they were complete, fulfilled and finally happy.

Joe and I went to see the Minions movie a couple of weeks ago, after looking forward to it for over half a year. We had been big fans of the minions for a while, I even managed to crochet Joe one for Christmas last year. He got left on an electric heater over night, the heater was switched on. Now that minion is looking pretty sorry for himself!

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Watching the minions spend their lives searching for a master made me think of us, in our humanity.

We are all like minions, serving someone or some thing. It’s an inbuilt desire everyone has. Whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or not, that desire is there, deep inside all of us.

For some people it’s obvious, they are clearly serving something which is bad, maybe greed or sexual desires. In other people it might be less obvious, maybe they are serving their friends, or their parents, they have a deep need to please. A need which more often than not is left unfilled. Their friends or parents always wanting more than they can give.

Much more than servants, we are all slaves to something. We are in bondage, tied up. We are so like the minions. But unlike the minions we are not fulfilled in this. We seek to serve, but end up serving the wrong things and find ourselves trapped, with no way out.

The truth is, there is only one way out. One way that we can be set free. And that is through Jesus. He can set us free from our bondage, our slavery to the wrong things.

Once we have been set free, we will still have that desire to serve though. That’s because it is God who put that desire in us. He put that desire in us so that we would choose to serve him.

When we serve him, we find ourselves, like the minions: finally fulfilled, complete and secure. God has our best interests at heart. He loves us. Serving him is the best thing that we can ever choose to do, it’s what we are made for.

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)


Meet Ally: Alice lives in London with her husband Joe and dwarf rabbit, Misses. After studying Applied Theology she is now working as a teaching assistant at a local primary school. She loves Christ, crochet, and chocolate.

You can find her blog at:  www.cherrydropprincess.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cherrydropprincess

Hearing the Voice of God

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 As Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.”

1 Kings 19:11-12 NLT



It was early morning and I was sipping my coffee on my front porch. I closed my eyes and listened to the peaceful sound of the wind rustling through the trees, when I heard deep in my spirit,

“I AM here.”

I smiled because I recognized that ‘gentle whisper’—The Lord. Of course it wasn’t audible, but it surely wasn’t my own. I know my own voice and it says things like, “Hurry up, you have things to do.” Or, “That was stupid.” Another reason that I recognized the voice to be that of God, is because I have spent time getting to know Him over the years.

Daily I sit on my porch or in a secluded place early in the morning with the objective of quieting myself and being alone with God. I also read scripture, write in my journal, meditate and pray. Doing this has caused me to become more aware of His Spirit and how He communicates. So other than a gentle whisper, how does God communicate with us?

God most often communicates through His word, the Bible.

Hebrews 4:12-13 NLT

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.”

Even though God’s word is indeed living and active, it won’t be for us personally if we don’t read it. And not just read it, but meditate on it and apply it to our lives.

Basically if we don’t read the bible, then we won’t benefit from its power. That’s how it works.

When Christians neglect reading their bibles they become what I refer to as “spiritually anemic.”

anemia: lacking power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness; listless; weak.

Recently I watched a nature show where thousands of baby penguins were squawking for their mothers who had gone to get food for them. I was amazed at how each mother knew the voice of her baby amongst the crowd of clamoring chicks.

Many voices clamor and compete for our attention daily. If we neglect time in God’s word, the other voices become louder than God’s, distorting it and making it difficult to recognize.

I want to recognize when God is speaking to me. How about you?

Have you heard God’s voice lately?


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…”My sheep recognize my voice. I know them and they follow me.” ~Jesus Christ (John 10:28 Msg)

Join me next week for Part 2 of Hearing the Voice of God.

Extravagant Love

Wedding danceMy middle son, Chad was married on Saturday. I sat in the front row watching the groom only moments before seeing his bride. He stood tall and handsome, looking a bit nervous. Then the music started, all stood to their feet, as Katie, the bride walked down the aisle arm in arm with her father. Oh she was a sight to behold! What a lovely bride.

Even though all eyes were on the bride, my heart tugged at me to look back at the groom. I have a confession to make. I do this at every wedding. There is something so precious about seeing the eyes of a man about to marry the woman who will be his partner for life.

So I turned and looked, seeing my son’s watery blue eyes that were fixed on his soon-to-be wife. Eyes that said a thousand ‘I LOVE YOUs’. Eyes that could look nowhere else. It was a moment that I will cherish forever.

It’s a deep desire by each one of us have someone look upon us with such love. Nothing on earth compares to it. In fact, love has been called the most powerful force on earth. And why wouldn’t it be when our creator refers to Himself as LOVE (1 John 4:8).

God looks upon each of us as a young groom looks upon his new bride.

God looks upon YOU that way.

Would you do me a favor? Let that soak in for a moment.

Just as a man asks a woman for her hand in marriage, God asks each of us for our heart. It is not an arranged marriage. We have a choice whether we want to give our lives to Him. God uses the imagery of marriage to demonstrate His desire to love us on a level that human marriage cannot compare to. It only foreshadows the unconditional love that He desires to lavish on each person who would desire it.

Even though Chad is madly in love with Katie, he will let her down. And she will let him down too. I have done it many times to the people I love. I’m sure that you can say the same. But the love that God offers us goes far beyond the endearing love of a new bride and groom.

God cannot love you any less or any more than He does right now. Even if you don’t “feel” close to Him. Even if it’s been years since you have spoken to Him. Even if you doubt that He exists. No matter what you have said or done, God loves you.

What is your response today to this extravagant love?

Maybe it’s thanking Him. Maybe it’s time to stop running away from Him and run towards Him. Maybe it’s asking for forgiveness. Or maybe you have never given your heart to Him. Whatever the case is for you, HE is waiting with His arms open wide.