Feb 8, 2011

Faith or Fear? What Force Do You Rely On?

      When a new Volkswagen commercial debuted during the Super-Bowl, it already had over 7 million views on YouTube. It starred a six year old dressed as a pint sized Darth Vader. Over 100 million people watched the big game, and the YouTube video has since increased to around 22 million views. It has already placed first on both Hulu and YouTube in votes for best commercial.
      If you have not seen it yet, then you have been in a coma for the past few days. It features a young boy imagining that he can use the force to manipulate objects with his mind. When he points his hands at their car, his father turns the engine on remotely. I immediately thought of my son, Luke, (named after Luke Skywalker) who waves his hand at every automatic door that we come to.
      It is this childlike imagination that we seem to lose as we grow older. We still have dreams and desires that seldom make it past the chopping block of the cynic within. The part of every adult that wants to remind us of our limitations. We stay where it is safe, because if we don't try, then we will never fail. Meanwhile, our vision is crushed underneath the boot-heel of realism.
     What if your vision is more than just a dream? Could you inadvertently be running from a calling that may turn out to be your purpose in life? Jesus says, if we have faith, we can cast a mountain into the sea.
     What if you could put your fear to rest and your faith to the test? You could raise your hands to that obstacle in your way. You could stare down that mountain in your life. And maybe, just maybe, your heavenly father would stand back watching your faith and move the mountain for you.
      Our God is the God of the impossible. What has He asked you to do that you have been putting off?

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Derek said...

These are some great thoughts Nate. Faith, purpose, and dreams. I think many young people stray because they have their dreams crushed, which hinders their purpose, and ultimately their faith and calling. Makes you wonder why Yoda kept saying, "He's too old, yes..too old to begin the training...".

Linda said...

Great blog Nate. I never thought I would be working as a director of youth, children and adults. Not for lack of faith in God, but for lack of faith in myself. I feel like God called me to this ministry when I first was in college, but I never thought I could do it. I was too shy, hated speaking in front of people...etc.
Although I gave up on myself, God didn't and eventually brought me back to the same crossroads. Ministry or not?? Trust me or not?? But, this time I was ready to step out in faith. Something that I am still doing after 10 years here at Triplett.

Inside Nate's Head said...

Nice Yoda quote Derek! I am glad you followed your call Linda because you are great at what you do. Keep dreaming BIG!