by Jojo Odina, BCBP Canada, Greater Toronto Area
Come to think of it, the Christian calendar is arranged in such a way that the long break we have during the Christmas holiday season actually gives us the chance to prepare ourselves for the coming challenges of the New Year. Over the holidays, my wife and I and our two youngest kids had a chance to engage in a movie marathon at home, to name a few: “Harry Potter” series, “Jason Bourne” series. After recently watching in the theatre the conclusion of “The Hobbits” based on the book written by JRR Tolkien, we had the urge to watch again the “Lord of the Rings”.
The high fantasy story of the Lord of the Rings, the fight between Good and Evil, brings to the truth everyone’s natural struggle – the fight against one’s demon. Some of us may have experienced tremendous struggles in life. The confusion of growing up years. The hard drive to adulthood. The uncertainty of starting a family. And the disappointments of parenthood. All these unhappy memories may have deeply scarred our minds. By way of self-preservation, we may have resorted to bad habits and wrong beliefs in order to survive the rigours of life. The moment we face a threat, we immediately push the button of self-preservation. Over time and repeated challenges, we cling to these bad habits and wrong beliefs which have already become so precious to us. We find strength in this “precious” as Gollum calls it.
As Sméagol was transformed to Gollum by the “precious” in the JRR Tolkien story, unknowingly we may have also been transformed by our very own “precious”. It is easier to sweep things under the rug and forget our mistakes rather than be remorseful and help heal the hurts. It is more comfortable to cling to our “precious” than make amends.
As we usher in the New Year of 2015, may our GOD, the Creator of all, grant us wisdom and strength to win over our own personal demon – let go of our own “precious” and live our life in the manner of Frodo Baggins, or live our God given life as Gollum and forever be scorned.
”A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45(NIV)