The TV program Avatar The Last Airbender is a favorite of mine. I love the characters, and I love how they are able to interact with and affect the world around them with the ability to bend the elements of the world – water, air, earth, and fire. Four of the main characters have bending capabilities. One, Aang, is not only an airbender, but is also the Avatar who is destined to save the world from the evil Fire Lord Ozai.
To defeat evil, evil must often be destroyed. Airbenders are pacifists. They believe all life is sacred. This belief of Aang’s puts him in the terrible position of having to save the world by violating his own beliefs and killing the Fire Lord.
Aang longs to find a way to defeat Fire Lord Ozai without killing him. His search eventually leads him to a lion turtle who tells him, “To bend another’s energy, your spirit must be unbendable, or you will be corrupted and destroyed.” Aang now understands what he must do as well as the risks associated with his actions.
It was Aang’s responsibility to affect his world for good and to defeat evil when necessary. When I accepted Jesus as my Savior, in essence, I was given the same responsibility as Aang, to spread good and push back evil.
As Aang had to stand strong against the evil of the Fire Lord, I must stand strong against my world and its temptations. At the same time, I am also called to go into the world and show the love of Jesus. Sometimes these two actions seem to work against each other. Just as Aang had to resolve the dichotomy between his task as Avatar with his beliefs as an airbender, I too have a dilemma to resolve. How do I travel through the world and remain unspotted from it while also being active in it to bring Jesus to others?
As the lion turtle’s sage advice gave Aang the clue he needed to resolve his situation, so too did his words give me insight into my walk as a Christian. I must be committed to following Jesus no matter what. Jesus is my energy, my spirit. My spirit must be as unbendable as Aang’s spirit had to be, or I risk losing myself to the world, its temptations, its sins.
When I make my way through this world and all its dangers and traps, I seek to show others what it means to follow Jesus. I want my energy to have a positive impact on those who aren’t God’s people, to “bend another’s energy”. But when I open myself up to sharing with them and living out my faith, I must be certain my spirit is strong with God. My spirit, my energy, my beliefs must be rock solid; they must be “unbendable”. If the world can bend me instead of me showing others the way to eternal life and salvation, I may be the one to fall into sin and be destroyed.
The world seeks to corrupt the children of God, to turn them from the truth and cloud our thoughts with evil. As Aang stayed strong in his beliefs, listened to the lion turtle, and applied what he learned to his situation, so must I.
In essence, we are all “bending” each other for good or bad. I want to be someone who bends others’ energy for good, peace, and hope while also keeping my energy incorruptible for God.
Hey, everyone, today I am very pleased to show you the cover reveal of a new book soon to be released by Kirsten Fichter. I love being able to help out other authors with their new projects so I was quick to sign up when Kirsten asked for help spreading the word about her 4th book in the series Once Upon A TwistTales. The book's release date is April 6, 2021.
InKirsten's words here are the details about her latest book and the series itself:
Once Upon a Twist Tales are your favorite fairytales retold backwards and upside-down, with a little bit of steampunk thrown in for fun!
The Bear of Rosethorn Ring, Book #4
How far would Snow White and Rose Red go to save the man behind the bear?
When their father runs away, Marita and Diamond Kadlec realize how different twins can be. Marita’s ready to forget Lucas entirely, but Diamond wants to give him the second chance she’s never been able to give before. That’s before they discover that Lucas is indebted to the ill-tempered D’vard and his traveling circus, the Rosethorn Ring. The Ring’s entertainment lacks a bear, and Lucas must play the part of the savage creature to regain his freedom.
Lorcan D’vard cares only for three things: tending to his beloved beard, promoting his Rosethorn Ring, and eradicating the assassin out to kill him. With time running out, D’vard agrees to cancel Lucas’s debt and let him go free – if Marita and Diamond can apprehend the assassin before the assassin ends the show.
This is Snow White and Rose Red with a twist like you’ve never seen it before!
Sounds exciting doesn't it? I, for one, am very eager to read this newest edition to the series.
If you haven't read any of her books or aren't familiar with the author, Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the "Grimm Dickens" (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). She is present in many online circles under the name "Kiri Liz" if you care about things like that. As you read this, she'll be somewhere under a maple tree - trying very hard to finish the seventeen and half other stories she unwisely started all at once. (Again, Kirsten's words.)
Remember the date, April 6, 2021, and be sure to look for this book in all your favorite places to find great reads. This is certain to be one you want to add to your collection!
Have a good one, guys!
In this clip from Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, we see Percy attempting to have a conversation with his dad, who just happens to be Poseidon, god of the sea. At this point in his life things aren’t going very well for Percy, and he is questioning his worth, his significance in the world. He wants to talk it over with his father so he goes to a body of water as that is where his father resides. He bares his soul, talks of his problems, and looks for an answer from his dad or a sign his dad is listening, anything to show that Poseidon is there, and he cares about his son. He gets no response. Percy apparently hasn’t gotten a response in a long time no matter how often he tries to communicate with Poseidon. The talks are always one-sided.
I understand Percy’s frustration with his father. I often feel that way with my father, my heavenly Father. Sometimes it feels as if my prayers go to the ceiling and then stay there. No one is listening, no one cares about my situation, no one wants to help me—"no one” in this case referring to God. I’ve lost count of the number of times I cry out to God and feel like I’m yelling to an empty room. He isn’t there. He isn’t listening. Where is He, I wonder. Like Percy, I begin to think He never will answer or even acknowledge I am talking to Him.
But at the end of this clip we see that Poseidon is listening. He does hear his son, but for whatever reason, he chooses not to answer, not to acknowledge anything. God is also listening. God is always with us. His word states He will never leave us or forsake us. But it doesn’t say He will always tell us what He is doing. Sometimes, maybe even most times, God has other plans than us, and He works them out without letting us in on what He is doing. Just as in the movie where Poseidon is watching over his son, God watches over us. It is up to us to keep believing in Him, to keep trusting in His word, His provision, His care.
The second clip shows Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson facing a situation where they need help from Poseidon in order to continue their quest. Tyson, Percy’s half-brother and also a son of Poseidon, says he will ask Dad for help. In his simple faith in his father, Tyson poses the question and waits expectantly for the answer. Percy, whose faith is shakier at this point, assumes Poseidon will not answer. But Poseidon does answer, he rewards one son’s faith in him by answering his plea and solving their current problem. Percy is rather astonished that the request was heard, let alone answered.
Again, I feel for Percy. I understand his doubt and then his wonder. Why did Poseidon answer Tyson but not Percy? Why has Poseidon ignored Percy? Why hasn’t he offered his help to Percy? Why did God answer that person’s prayer but not mine? Why do those people receive God’s blessings and not me? Why? Why? Why? There are always plenty of “why” questions but not a lot of “why” answers.
Why did Tyson’s request get answered and not Percy’s? Only Poseidon really knows why, but as a god he could see into the future somewhat, and he knew which questions needed his help and which his sons could figure out on their own.
Poseidon isn’t really a god, but God Almighty is. He certainly knows what questions need immediate answers and which can be delayed or even left unanswered so I have the opportunity to show my faith and trust in Him. Yes, it is very hard to pray and not get answers, but it isn’t because He doesn’t hear me. It is because He knows what is best for me, and He knows when He needs to answer and when he doesn’t.
“Why” isn’t the right question. “How” is. How do I trust God better? How do I live a godly life with answers or without? How does my life honor my God, my Savior, no matter what?
Those are the real questions I need to pose. I just need to leave the rest to God, and He will see me through anything.
Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds at meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you have learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into His most excellent harmonies.
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