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.


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!

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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.

All Walk or All Talk?

Am I a Christian because I claimed to be one or am I a Christian because I act like one?

These were the words that popped out of my head just when I arrived in the office which made me write this blog. I’ve been evaluating and re-evaluating my walk with the Lord as if there’s an assessment that might happen anytime soon. After all, “the Lord will come like a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2), no one knows when it’ll happen, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Mark 13:32 NIV). We’ll never know when will the judgment might happen, but God commanded us to be always ready (Matthew 24:44), so I guess it’s always better to place our best foot forward for His glory and not ours.


I’ve been checking my heart lately, is this condemnation? are there doubts? are there fears? Am I walking as a mediocre Christian? Do I walk the talk or all I ever do is talk? Am I being too hard on myself? No one really knows, God sees the heart that’s for sure. But as for me, I don’t think I ever went up or down the ranks of Christianity.


One thing I know for sure: The grace of the Lord is always available for us. His love and mercy has already covered us. His grace is always sufficient in our weakness. (So I just rebuked myself lol)

Whatever we’re going through, may it be that we just came to know Jesus or we walked with Him for years, focus on Him and Him alone; after all, He is the author and perfecter of our faith.

Ready your eyes and ears…(QTR)

“When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.” Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.”

– Exodus 15:23-27 ESV

After God has taken out the Israelites from Egypt, Moses is yet faced again with another circumstances: first is a question to his leadership and second is responding to do God’s will for them (the Israelites). Their hearts was so hardened that all they could do is complain to Moses and to God instead of looking at the bright side that they were released from the claws of the hardship that they faced when they were in Egypt. Even after God undeniably showed His mighty hand to both Egyptians and Israelites, they (the Israelites) still have a room for complains

Talk about hardship! If I were Moses, I would’ve given up on them that easily [insert table flip meme here]. Not only that you hear complains left and right, you’d also have to deal with the heat of the sun, provision, the starvation, the coolness of night, and the hard-headed people of Israel. I’m glad I’m not Moses!

God provided water by making Moses throw a log to Marah to make it drinkable for them despite of their obvious lack of trust from Moses’ leadership, and God’s ability to provide for them. But that didn’t stopped there. God made them a statute and a rule to test them. They would need to listen to Moses as God’s microphone for them to obey and to hear God’s voice through him.

So what’s the lesson here? First, adversities makes us hear more from God, not from the world. Just like one of my older post, if we are too focus in our own needs, we are missing God’s hand working in our lives. God’s silence doesn’t mean He’s not doing anything; God is working through us even when He’s silent.

Second, provision comes from the Lord. The Lord knows what we need, all we have to do is ask. It says in Matthew 7:7 that all we have to do is to simply ask.

Third, obedience first then provision will come. Even after all the complaining of the Israelites, God still demonstrated His mercy by allowing them to encamp by the water were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees are at present.

Stepping out of your Egypt is never easy. God pruning our character is never easy. But all are worth it if we allow God to step into our wilderness and trust Him working in us and through us.

God demands our eyes to see Him working and demands our ears to listen diligently to Him.
I pray that we will lean on Him alone.


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

Prince of Peace

Hillsong’s “Prince of Peace” from their album Empires has always been my go-to worship song whenever I feel spiritually down. This song has been my refuge and the mute witness to my tears and sobs the world cannot comprehend and see. 

The song has the complete ingredients to address me: my anxieties, my heart, my thought, even my soul. To bring light into my wandering heart, the song comforts, assures, gives hope that Jesus is your ever present help in time of your need (Psalm 46:1)

It also reminds you of who Jesus is and what He did on the cross: a guard, a God of your life, the Prince of Peace who can grant you the peace this world cannot offer, a Lord and Savior to rest on, a loving God, a God who hears, gracious God, and the only one able to ride the storm (in your life).
Probably my favorite part of the song is the bridge part where it goes:

Your love surrounds me when my thoughts wage war/ When night screams terror, there Your voice will roar/ Come death or shadow, God I know Your light will meet me there/ When fear comes knocking, there You’ll be my guard/ When day breeds trouble, there You’ll hold my heart/ Come storm or battle, God I know Your peace will meet me there

The bridge addresses our human capacities (fear and/or anxiety) and still gives contrast on who God is, giving us assurance that our human capacities are normal, but to be overcome by it is another story.

And from there, dear readers, where my tears will starts to pour out. 

Perhaps you too have a go-to song whenever you have your quiet time or whenever you feel down or plainly, just to worship how awesome God is. 

Feel free to share in the comments section your go-to worship song. I would love to listen to them too!