Trolls [In perspective]

Dreamwork’s Trolls put a lot of effort to put together a child-friendly animation with their velvet-like 3D animation of the Trolls against the naked, bug-eyed toys we are all familiar with back in the 90s.

Trolls the movie is full of color and sparkles, musical numbers that gets stuck in our heads, humor which is somewhat safe for general audiences, and a moral story we can pick up at the end of the movie.

I was not able to see it back then while it was still showing in theaters but thank God for Netflix and your nephews for allowing you to see the movie with them. (Not a paid advertisement for Netflix lol)

If you haven’t seen it, *spoiler alert* again, and it might be a good chance for you to see the movie (with your kids or nieces or nephews) before turning into this page. I believe it’s safe enough to watch for the younger audiences.

The movie was able to highlight the importance of:

  • community (“No Troll is left behind”)
  • family (Poppy salvages King Peppy from the hands of Chef the Bergen)
  • trust (Tandem of Poppy and Branch; Creek sold out the other trolls for his personal gain)
  • happiness (How far someone would go to get it, and how far someone would go to get it back).

But one thing that really speaks to my heart, apart from the up-to-date musical numbers, is the emotional scene of Poppy, being trapped inside a coulderon before they (the other trolls) were served to Bergens in the eve of Trollstice.

Poppy, being the usual happy, bubbly, pink troll herself, slowly succumbs to the reality that she cannot save everyone at their current state where everyone was trapped, and every one of them is hoping that she would be their savior from the impeding doom they will soon approach. As a result, she then slowly loses her bright pink color and turned gray. Eventually, it causes a ripple effect to other trolls; which in return, turned gray as well, embracing their doom. Branch, being the first to turn gray, sings their own rendition of “True Colors” (performed by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake), which serves as a “motivational song” for her and everyone around her. The event made a U-turn for Poppy, and instantaneously recovered from her sullenness and got back to her feet.

Now, let me stop there and segue to the importance of this scene. I could have discussed the song separately, but why would I still want to discuss it with the song? I guess the movie, together with the song, made a perfect illustration of my point of discussion.

Sometimes, we are like Princess Poppy: We shoo the idea of sadness, hate, sullenness, negativity and even death that we don’t have the time or the effort to be vulnerable to others of what worries us, what keeps us at night and what we wrestle with; thinking that these afflictions and showing of our weaknesses can question our authenticity of being a Christian and a Disciple of Jesus.

But you know what? God cares.

God isn’t afraid of what you’re afraid of, but God is concerned of what you’re concerned with. That’s why it says in 1 Peter 5:7, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
He’s concern of your fears.

He’s concern of what makes you tear up.

He’s concern of your doubts.

He’s concern of the things you care most.

God allows us to be vulnerable before Him, to set our eyes on Him despite of what is going on around us.

God is telling us, “My son/My daughter, it’s okay to well up. It’s okay not to be okay. I got you.”

Are you in your season wherein your faith is being challenged? Pour it our to God. Lay it at the foot of the cross. Why? because He cares for you. Allow yourself to bask in His prescence and immerse in His unfailing love.

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Thor: Ragnarok [In perspective]

Disclaimer: If you haven’t seen Thor: Ragnarok, then this must be a good chance for you to close this blogpost because *spoiler alert!* and see it for yourself. I highly recommend it. Your money and time is going to be worth it!

Photo courtesy of moviestruckers.com

I have seen the movie “Thor: Ragnarok” in two different occassions and of course, it didn’t change one bit (in a good way!). It only makes it more interesting and I was able to see it in a different perspective. There are some scenes I wanted to look into, dialogues you cannot miss, and action-filled scenes that made my jaw drop.

Thor: Ragnarok is a movie filled with testoterone (because Chris Hemsworth, Edris Alba, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo, duh!) comedic humor, family issues, friendship being tested, betrayal and redemption — all weaved together to form an art, hammered together (see what I did there?) to make die hard fans craving for more Marvel Universe movie. Also, let’s not forget how Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson was able to carry out their characters well. (A big applause for Cate Blanchett for playing Hela!)

Trivia: Hela is the first Female Antagonist in the whole Marvel Universe franchise.

Now, not everyone of you might agree with me on how have I described he movie as I know I’m not even qualified to be a movie critic whatsoever. The point is, I enjoyed the movie and it made me more excited to know how will the Marvel Universe interlace the whole MCU for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

Some of you might get too caught off guard with Thor’s “criminally seductive” look (and that’s a nod to the Grandmaster, played by Jeff Goldblum right there) or the heart-stopping fight scene between Thor and Hulk, the hilarious witty exchange of lines between the Asgardian siblings, name it. There are scenes you cannot simply miss. Scenes that I know our brains will try to recall how awesome they were. But I know this one scene that left a dent in my heart, and has somehow points me to write this blogpost.

Thor, facing Hela, loses an eye and then has a vision of Odin that helps him realize only Ragnarök can stop Hela. While Hela is distracted, Loki locates Surtur’s crown and places it in the Eternal Flame. Surtur is reborn and destroys Asgard, seemingly killing Hela.

Source: Wikipedia (don’t worry, this is accurate)

Whilst Thor was held captive under Hela’s hands and somewhat looked defeated, Thor (as describe in Wikipedia) has a vision of Odin. Thor, kneeling down before his father, admits that Hela is too strong; that he cannot fight her without the use of his weapon, the Mjölnir. Odin, filled with wisdom, then responds to his son Thor, which awakens his power. Odin then asks Thor if he is a god of hammers.

Odin reminded him that the hammer is not the source of his power, but to help him focus his strength.

To some, that exchange of conversation among them is nothing to us. But for me, there is an underlying wisdom to it.If you’re going to look at it at a Christian perspective, it would give you a different context, but same theme.

Odin has reminded Thor that his identity does not rely on his weapon, his strength is already within him.

That scene and that line has strucked me the most. It has been burned in my memory that I dire to write something about it.

Sometimes we are like that. Under the hands and pangs of the enemy, we, too, often forgot who we are and what we are. We hope on what is tangible, we hope on what is seen, what is real, what feels real in our hearts. We often forget that’s not how faith operates. We often forget that Jesus died for us, therefore changing our status into the rightful heir, into children of God.

Our real identity in Christ Jesus.

John 1:12, and among other verses in the bible gives out and elaborated our true idenity in Christ: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,”. Ephesians 1:5 highlights that idea about us being “adopted” in Christ: “He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,”. And finally, about us not being just an ordinary human beings, but called to be a heir and a member of the royal family in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

The Spirit within us makes us claim these things with full conviction and audacity, that we ar the Children of the living God, through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, with which the enemy tries to rob from us.

In times of our dull moments, when we feel like the pangs of the enemy is upon us, we forget about these promises and overwhelmed by our circumstances. My friends, I hope by the means of this blog, we would be reminded that we are not identified by our present and past circumstances, but by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

See, Feel, Think

“Surrender it to the Lord…”

“Pray for what you’re feeling and give it to Jesus…”

I think most of us would agree at some point, it is easier said than done and without being in that situation, we tend to give advices or practical ways how to cope up with lost, with pain, with letting go, even unforgiveness.

Us, being a sounding board, sometimes overlooks how a person sees, how a person feel, how a person think about the situation, and sadly we neglect those three things I have mentioned.

First, (SEE) we tend to overlook that it’s different from how we perceive things from the one who is experiencing it.

Second, (FEEL) we can never tell the gravity or the magnitude of how the person is feeling. We cannot speak for his/her behalf, because that is not our emotions to command.

Third, (THINK) laying it at Jesus’ feet is not our obligation. How fast you can move on from the situation may not be the same for some, and remember to think about how he/she can work at his/her own pace or speed of giving it up and laying it at Jesus’ feet. You cannot force someone to do something they are not yet ready to do.

Whatever they might be going through, rushing them might result to a greater injury.

We’re Christians, but sometimes genuine care gets lost, the Agape gets lost, and the emotional connectedness gets lost. We’re Christians, but we’re losing empathy. We’re Christians, but we’re losing Christ-likeness.

Is this how we want to display Christ when emotional turmoil arises? Before you speak, place yourselves in their shoes and see, feel, think were are they coming from, then you’ll know it wasn’t easy from their standpoint.

God works differently in us, but all works out for His glory.

Speck or Log?

Maybe human beings are like that. We’re too busy scrutinizing the bad in others that we lose focus of what’s good in them. We’re hounding for errors in them rather than encouraging them of their strengths. It is said that we are a good judge when we see others fault, and a good attorney when defending our own.

Jesus said Himself: “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye” in Matthew 7:3-4. 

You may or may not read the second paragraph, but let’s be realistic. When was the last time you find the good in others despite of the bad emanating in their lives? Think about it.

Photo credits to The Brick Testament