Which of these lovable characters do you most identify with?
With whom would you like to spend your time?
Which one would you rather be married to?
I bet you are thinking, “Seriously, Hailey?”
Bare with me.
Our church is in the middle of a series called, “The Habits of Happiness.”
I just finished listening to the podcast of last week’s sermon. It really hit home for me, maybe it will for you too. Here’s the link, in case you want to listen: http://www.gracecovenant.org/experience-grace/sermons.html
The biblical reference for the sermon was Philippians 1:12-30. You have probably read this account numerous times, but here’s a quick recap: Paul is in prison, things don’t look good…but he is acting a lot like Tigger. Reading the text you can almost feel his energy jump from the pages, he is sharing the Gospel from an incredibly desperate situation. I know for certain that this would not be my reaction if I were in Paul’s shoes.
However, I would like to think that I would handle the situation a lot like Winnie the Pooh. Pooh Bear is steady, consistent, hopeful, well-mannered, good natured, pleasant, curious, and of course, lovable. He encourages. He takes things as they come, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. I’ve never seen Pooh stressed, have you?
Pooh has good friends. Although they are very different from him, some are smaller, some are bigger, one worries a lot (Piglet), one can be a bit ornery and obsessive about his garden (Rabbit), one is very wise (Owl), and one is almost always in a good mood (Tigger), and one is quite melancholy (Eeyore).
One thing that sets Pooh apart, is that he chooses happiness on a daily basis. He seems to make sticky situations (no honey-pun intended), fun and adventurous.
View this short clip for an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOlhYGPZLvE&list=PL6BB6DC010A1C81BC&index=10
I don’t know what sticky situation you are in today, but I do know that you have the freedom to choose your perspective and your attitude towards the situation. Maybe you’re feeling a bit like Eeyore, with a tail that just won’t stick on straight.
Try your best to take a step back…don’t miss the blessing of good friends, the beauty of an early morning dusting of snow, or the comfort of the warm coffee cup in your hands.