For the past few days, I have been watching one of my favorite anime’s, “Case Closed,” which is also known as “Detective Conan.”

“Case Closed” is about a high school student, Jimmy Kudo, whom after being drugged by a crime syndicate and left to die, turned into an 8-year-old boy. Adopting the alias, Conan Edogawa, the famous young detective now has to solve crimes as a little kid while using his close friends’ father, whose a detective, as a cover and a way to find the men who poisoned him.


A gifted detective, masterful in deductions and all things mystery, Jimmy Kudo lived in the spotlight of popularity. Girls loved him. Men were jealous of him. People were amazed at his work at such a young age.

But, Jimmy Kudo, now known as 8-year-old Conan, was not humble at all. Kudo was so into his own world, his own interest and his own desires and the attention he was getting, he was missing out on the fact that ONE person really cared for him deeply, Rachel Moore, a girl he’s known since childhood. But, his focus was on the thrill of doing what he loved to do and the fame that came with it.

Then…everything changed. He was not careful enough. After being ambushed, he was knocked out and poisoned. He should’ve died, but the poison caused a side effect that turned Jimmy into who we now know as Conan. And to make matters more interesting, he’s forced to stay undercover under his new name at Rachel Moore’s house, where her father, Richard Moore, was a detective whose work was not all that great.

While watching the series, two things I noticed immediately. Both Jimmy Kudo (Conan) and Richard Moore had the same problem: humility. Jimmy lacked humility while he was brilliant in the art of detective work. Richard Moore lacks the intense skill that Jimmy has but genuinely believes he’s the best and is incredibly prideful.

Second, throughout the series, Conan is helping Richard solve every single one of his cases without him really knowing it. Throughout the series, this makes Richard Moore become the famous detective whom many will later know. Conan was the greatest. Now, Richard is the greatest.

Conan was literally humbled into a position that would require him to serve someone else in order for himself to be served. Conan understood that he wasn’t going to get to where he needed to go in life unless he helped Richard Moore go from mediocre to great!

Servant Leadership

I could only imagine the kind of heart and mind change it took for Jimmy Kudo, now Conan, to go from being a great detective who was admired by all to being a little kid.

At first, solving cases was just for personal interest. Now, it was a matter of life and death. It was a mission. There was a purpose behind it.

It was more than just for a rush and admiration. It was now all about determination and getting his real life back. But, he couldn’t become great again…until he became a child again.

What we can take from the series and from the main character is that to be the greatest is to be a servant.


Being Like A Child

In Matthew 18:1-5, the disciples were discussing who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Much like Jimmy Kudo, the disciples saw the Kingdom of Heaven as a big prize here on earth, not something of higher, eternal value.

Jesus calls a little child to Him and set the child in the midst of them. He explains to them this:

Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

The New King James Version. (1982). (Mt 18:3–5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Much like Jesus makes the point of being converted, which here literally means, “to change.” The Message Bible, as I paraphrase it here, says that unless you go to square one and start over like children.

Greatness comes from serving. Humbling yourself as a child is a part of the Kingdom of Heaven living style.

“Life” – A Poem

April 9, 2015

Life has a way of taking hearts,
And hardening them like sun-dried clay.
The person who once was happy and glad,
Could be sad and depressed the next day.

People and places and situations,
Can leave a man bitter.
And yet it would be impossible,
For that driven person to be a quitter.

But many have fallen into a sleep,
We call it recreation.
Men retreat into a cheap and short paradise,
Sports, video games and women and movies as a vacation.

Who could blame those men though,
It’s a form of escape from pestilence.
But they just don’t know the damage they cause,
When they extend their adolescence.

So where can we go to escape our struggle,
And when we grow weary from pain.
And when we feel like giving up hope,
When we get ever so closer to going insane.

My hope is still found in the one who died,
Whose sins he paid of mine.
The one whose life he gave for all,
Jesus put His all on the line.

So, yeah, I’m not at all the best and the brightest, And not exactly a intellectual prodigy, I just remind myself of the scripture that starts off, As greater is He that is in me.

Kendall Lyons (c) 2015

Pictured: (L-R) Harvey, Fee and Foo in new animated series, HARVEY BEAKS, coming to Nickelodeon in 2015.  Photo Credit:  Nickelodeon. ©2015 Viacom International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Pictured: (L-R) Harvey, Fee and Foo in new animated series, HARVEY BEAKS, coming to Nickelodeon in 2015.
Photo Credit:  Nickelodeon. ©2015 Viacom International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Last week, I had the awesome privilege of interviewing C.H. Greenblatt, cartoonist and creator of the new Nickelodeon series, “Harvey Beaks.” The cartoon is about a bird who stays out of trouble but hangs out with two imps who love to make mischief into misadventure.

While interviewing Greenblatt, he shared some powerful thoughts and commentary about cartoons, careers and life in special quotes that didn’t make the final cut for my original interview article on him and his series:

1.  “Just put your stuff out there. Seeing the work is what will get you hired.”

2.  “The only one stopping you is you.”

3.   “You have to be happy to be doing what you’re doing and be passionate about it.”

4.    “The work has to be its own reward. You do it because you enjoy it.”

Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Jordan Belfort in the movie, "The Wolf of Wall Street," based on a true story.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Jordan Belfort in the movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” based on a true story.


I’ve seen “The Wolf of Wall Street” literally 5 or so times. Aside from the insane drug use, the debauchery and the stuff that would make anyone’s face blush, this movie is unbelievable.

Throughout the movie, we see Leonardo Dicaprio’s character, Jordan Belfort, as a money hungry, grotesque jerk whose driven by wealth and power and feeds it by selling questionable stock. Jordan is a masterful salesmen. He’s suave. He’s cool. He’s confident. He seems like someone you want to be like. He looked and acted the part. While not a perfect man, he seemed to have it together for the most part. But, he meet’s Matthew McConaughey’s character, Mark Hanna, the boss of his first job on Wall Street who gives him peculiar and integrity-crushing advice

The rest of the movie explains itself as to what happens next. Women, drugs, prostitutes, money, shady associates, lying, cheating and the list goes on.

Spoiler alert, but, in the end, Jordan pays for it.

He ends up in jail for 3 years and loses everything that he gained over time.

Jordan was at first a man who was looking to fit in and become somebody even though he was already very gifted in the art of selling.

Jordan became somebody but a kind of somebody that practically lost himself entirely, all the while using his great gift. His gift was used for evil rather than good, with seemingly good motives.

Jordan later spends 3 years in jail after being caught.

Jordan is now presenting himself in front of others in order to teach him how to be the him he was supposed to be from the very beginning.

As I watched the movie, I couldn’t help but think of the text Luke 9:25:

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

Jordan’s cross might have been the stress of the job. It would’ve been the personalities he would have to deal with on a case by case basis. It would have to be the struggle of maintaining a relationship. It would’ve simply been managing without resorting to drugs, alcohol and sex.

Instead, he took the low road, and went for what made it easier. He went with the advice of his old boss, poor advice that led him to a life filled with wanting more and more…till he inevitably imploded.

Jesus gave us a call to action in Luke 9:23…”deny yourself…take up your cross…and follow me.” His warning…he who desires to save himself will lose it.

In an attempt to save our own lives, we’ll often attempt to try all kinds of ideas and plans in an effort to be the best, be the most successful and just plain survive. And yet, we try to save our own lives from debt. We attempt to save our own lives from troubles of life. We attempt to save our own lives from depression, from sickness and from trials of life.