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Bullies, Bronies and Bibles

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My Little Pony!

Good storytelling has no gender and the more I read and write the more I realize it!

A friend of mine introduced me to the series, “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” and I had a chance to review it thoroughly.

I like it…a LOT! There, I said it! But don’t go throwing stones my way. Here me out!

I’m fascinated by the storytelling as well as the character dynamics and the message behind the series. Ultimately, it’s all about love and tolerance but not in a weird or controversial way. The newest “My Little Pony” (MLP) features the main character as Twilight Sparkle who comes to Ponyville in an attempt to do some research but instead ends up making friends and making connections with a few choice ponies: Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie.

Together, they bond and grow in their relationships with each other and realize that their’s something deep and powerful about friendship and love and much more.

Sounds a little too “squishy” and “cutsie wootsie” for guys to enjoy too, right!?

Bronies!?

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Apparently I’m not the only one whose into the series…or at least curious. There’s a whole collection of guys known as “Bronies” that exist, guys who are HUGE fans of the MLP series. While this may sound a bit strange, believe it or not, these are legitimate individuals who find the storylines as well as the personalities, characters and animation to be just as attractive as giant robots and explosions and fight scenes involving round house kicks and all things usually considered “manly.”

Am I a brony!? Not really. I wouldn’t count. I’m a friendly passerby who finds the series quite intriguing and a big heart for the community of fans! After all, I don’t think Brony status can truly be properly achieved unless I have become a complete fanatic of this very interesting series.

Just sayin’!

Bullied and Teased

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Their’s a dark side to quite a few things and the fan base for MLP is no different. Boys and older men and women who strongly embrace MLP as the series of choice have been picked on, teased, bullied and called awful names. Many who are simply fans of the show or just like the show for what it’s worth genuinely are considered “weird” or “awkward” and the list goes on. Sure, there’s some who take it a bit over the top…overall, just big fans!

It’s no different than some of my own experiences as I grew up loving multiple cartoons, current events and reading. I was mercilessly bullied and teased for being “different” and the MLP crowd faces the same kind of treatment day in and day out, whether it’s in person or online. Sometimes, many of the fans just lay low.

I was often teased and picked on for being the 11-year-old kid who was watching the news, reading the newspaper and news magazines and drawing and sketching in the back of class. I was socially awkward and was totally misunderstood by my peers. I couldn’t understand what the big deal was with pop-culture and the stuff they cared about and they couldn’t get me. It either ended in strong emotions or deep feelings of shame and depression.

But, most of the fans, whether they are hardcore or just passing through, are just interested in the series for it’s artful and insightful value and values. The series pushes a strong message of love and tolerance and brings to light the funny and often random quirks of each of the characters and the circumstances they are in.

Going Out Unto All Nations…Including Ponyland!?

I’m grateful for Otaku’s (anime geeks/nerds) such as myself and I’m grateful for Bronies! I’m grateful for sports fans and I’m grateful for music fans! But specifically, I know I am called to go out and minister and reach the outcasts…the bullied…the so-called peculiar…the socially awkward…the Otaku’s…the Nerds…the Geeks…the Gamers…and yes…the Bronies…and the list goes on.

This week is holy week for me and many other Christians as I write this article and as we draw closer and closer to Resurrection Sunday, the day we recognize the fact that Jesus IS risen! He lives…His message lives…His work is still in progress…His sacrifice…His Love for us!

We could go on for hours about the question of whether or not this series is appropriate for grown men and women to watch. We could go on for hours about boys enjoying the series. We could go on for hours about the fact that this show is even on the air. We could have that discussion on true manhood and masculinity as much as we want and at anytime! In fact, I welcome it!

But, for the moment, I want to address the fact that Bronies…like any culture or sub-culture…should be reached. These are individuals who are looking for love and for acceptance.

Growing up, I wanted the same thing. I was into certain things I liked and I was surrounded by people who were either too ignorant or self-centered or critical or religious to really get me. So, I either hid in my box and sheltered myself from all of the hate and malice or kept quite and kept to myself.

What helped me? When certain adults in my life actually cared enough to get into my world and get to know me rather than judge me. Instead of hold a critical, judgmental view of me, they cared enough to see something in me that I didn’t see.

They showed me love! True, genuinely, God-like, Christ-centered, non-fake, no strings attached friendship and love. I could trust them.

1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

John 13:34

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

And of course John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

And what does love look like? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 gives us a great view

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Preaching to Pony Fans

I intend to reach this group and any other groups in the spectrum of all things geeky, nerdy and cool. Why!? Because I’m called to do it! I run into all kinds of individuals and I enjoy meeting them.

Truth is, I’m sure Jesus did too.

I want them to experience the MOST out of life and have it more abundantly. Jesus did too and I want them to experience it too. Whether individuals agree with me on Jesus or not, I still want them to know that there’s a Christian brother that loves them and let them know that God and Christ loves them too and wants a relationship with them too, hooves or no hooves.

 

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God Is A Provider

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So…How?

So, most of you readers know that I am a professing Christian, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

And that’s hard….very hard!

Sometimes what you want you don’t get and the things you want to see happen good in the lives of others or your own…well…it just doesn’t work out. Faith is not something to be gawked at or picked on. It is certainly not something to be taken lightly. It is especially not always fun. It is downright scary and anxiety building.

But, scripture tells us to not be anxious over anything but to continue to be in prayer (Philippians 4:6).

A little while ago, I was invited to go to an event in Houston, Texas and I wasn’t sure if I would have the money. It was a different event from the author’s bash I told you guys about. This particular event was one where they bought some copies of my book and were going to have me on a panel. Needless to say, I was a bit concerned…okay fine, I was a little anxious. I was not happy with the possibility that I would NOT be able to go.

I was broke! No cash for gas and no cash for renting a vehicle let alone riding their.

So…What’s A Faith Walker To Do?

I prayed about it! I asked for God to just let His will be done. If I was privileged to go then great and if not to give me the mindset and heart to just accept it and go on. And yet, at the same time I knew I wasn’t given this opportunity just for me to observe it and walk away. I had enough faith to believe that something was going to happen for it work out.

And it did.

My friends and his wife called me just 24 hours before the event and volunteered their time and car so we could all road trip together to Houston.

Crazy…right!?

Philippians 4:19 says this

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

The Abased and Abound Creative

Paul wrote to the church in Philippi with regards to having much and having little…in other words, how to be abased and how to be abound! I think this is a very important lesson that we as authors, artists, speakers, teachers, preachers and creatives as a whole should embrace…going with what we have and working what what we have been blessed with.

And, yet, at the same time appreciating those incredible blessings that come to give us just a little more than what we originally had.

 

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Cleaning House

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So, you’re probably noticing the focus of the blog and where it is going….maybe.

That’s okay…I know and for now that’s fine.

Essentially, I’m doing a little renovating of the place. It is about time to re-focus and re-vamp this bad boy and do something different…really different.

But don’t worry, I got a plan! It’ll be fun! Trust me!

PLUS, I have the tendency to be a little…well…over the place. Aren’t we all!?

I’ll keep you posted as I organize and clean up on the blogosphere.

In other news, I’m still rocking and rolling with my drawing and my cartooning and writing of my next big book. It is a busy time for a productive guy.

Love you all and thank you ALL for your support and your patience. I’ll drop some thoughts and wisdom more soon.

 

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Service To Morons…Uh…I Mean…Uh…People

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I’ve been working as a leasing agent for an apartment complex for the past few weeks and have learned so much about people and about customer service.

I quickly realized what it is like to be on the other side of the table…the person delivering the service.

I have been there before but never in this capacity.

People can be rude, obnoxious, bossy, demanding and just downright crazy.

It could make people who served with a smile on their face for a little while grow bitter, angry and skeptical.

I, on the other hand, can get very sarcastic if I don’t check it at the door on a daily basis.

I think that’s what God is trying to show me now. He’s wanting me to live the way Jesus desires me to live; Everything I’m going through in this new little job is a live ammo training zone. I’m in training in the middle of a real war that’s very much spiritual as well as mental.

While reading the book, “Retweeting Jesus” by Trent Renner, I discovered one of my favorite sections of the book (Chapter 12: Words) I read a while back and re-read it again:

“Jesus also says that, when we have what is often called a foul mouth, it’s not actually a foul mouth; it’s a foul heart. Words we choose to use are products of our spiritual heart’s condition.”

James 1:26-27 says the following:

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Over the week, I found myself being a bit sarcastic, cynical and just downright unhappy with people. I found myself looking at the faults of people rather than the source of their frustration. I’ve done this kind of thing for many years, especially being as one whose gone through bullying, teasing and the struggle of being so unaccepted.

But, think about it. Wouldn’t you be brutally irritated if you called maintenance and days upon days later nothing was done? Wouldn’t you be quite angry if no one got back to you with a simple phone call? Wouldn’t you be a little disappointed with less than excellent service?

Even if you didn’t mean for bad service to occur, and granted we’re not perfect, you realize quickly that you have to look from the perspective of the other person. It’s not so much that they are “moron’s,” which by the way, Jesus (and Trent Renner who quoted Jesus) advises us NOT to call folks derogatory names or words but to show love and grace towards those we totally don’t get…to the people who rub us the wrong way.

I’m learning in my own work, from this current job, to be a better servant just by observing the good and the bad of what I see now. I’m learning to make my “YES” a good and simple “YES” and my “NO” exactly the same way.

In this new part of my life, I’m learning that individuals are different. They have the tendency to sin…a lot. They have a tendency to be impatient, angry, confused, frustrating and just…arrrrggg….you know!

Then again, that’s just like me…or at least what I used to be!

How about you?

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