Charater Friday – What To Look For

It’s been embarrassingly long since my last “Character Friday” article.
But I’ve decided to get back on track. Finally.

My theme for the next several months is going to be “Behind every great man there is a great woman.”

I’ll have no problem meeting the deadlines to post every single Friday. I’m going to shoot for posting one every other week.
And I’ll be talking about both real and non-real women.

Why include the made-up characters you ask? Because they represent real women everywhere. They embody the strengths and weaknesses we all share, even if they themselves are fictional.

In fact, the first woman I’m going to look at is a fictional one. But the second is very real.

I’m excited about this new series! I can’t wait to compile the complete list of women to study.

Character Friday – The Hunger Games Edition

I saw The Hunger Games movie back in April, and then read the books about two weeks ago.

{Note: This is NOT a book/movie review, it is merely some simple character sketches.}

This did not happen. Ahem. Well at least not exactly.

But seriously, my mom was gone, and I took good care of the family in her absence. (I hope.)

I am a firm believer that children need a love of reading modeled for them. 😉

So here ya’ have it, my little character sketches for the main characters.

[Just as a heads-up, there are a lot of spoilers in here, so if you haven’t read the books, and either want to, or want to wait and be surprised when the next two movies come out, proceed with caution.]

Katniss Everdeen

Katniss and I are very different I discovered as I read the books. But I love her devotion to her family and her self sacrifice that she makes on behalf of her little sister.  (A picture of true love.)

I learned a lot about humanity and mortality as Katniss processed the brutality of The Hunger Games. Seriously folks, murder is a treacherous thing that should never be treated lightly. The Post-traumatic stress that Katniss endured really drove that home for me. (Not that I didn’t think that before, but when you read about the nightmares she suffered almost every night for the rest of her life, it becomes very, very real.)

Katniss is a feminine girl. This I appreciated very much. However she does seem to become a little feministic towards the end of the series, but maybe that’s just me. She had been through a lot after all.

Peeta Mellark

Peeta represents hope.

He did not want the Capitol to own him. It’s the same for Christians, we must not let the world think that they own us. This theme/worldview I greatly liked, especially since it was carried throughout all three books as Peeta hangs onto this and Katniss learns it.

Peeta’s manliness truly came out in his devotion to Katniss. I love Peeta’s gentleness.

He might come off as bit soft to some, but it was simply the way he led. Not by pushing his agenda forward, (unless it had to do with protecting Katniss) but through his own way of gently (but effectively) swaying the crowd.

I really, really had a hard time after he’d been tortured and lost his mind for most of a book.

Gale Hawthorne

Gale. I quite liked Gale. It’s always hard in a love-triangle to decide which “hero” to choose to root for.

I knew before I started the books that he did not end up with Katniss. Liam Hemsworth’s performance of him in the movie makes you really feel sad for dear Gale as Katniss is led away to death, and then as she feigns love for Peeta. 

Sometimes I think he was a little unfair to her when her feelings weren’t exactly like his, or when she acted as though she liked Peeta for survival’s sake. But then again, he was just trying to sort through his thoughts.

Gale represented strength and safety to me. Katniss could always trust him.  He was a great friend to her.

I viewed him as a choleric as I read, not completely sure that he was, but he’s definitely an in-charge kind of guy. He’s more of an “We’re-doing-this-my-way” than Peeta. I’m looking forward to seeing how Liam continues to portray him in the upcoming movies.

Other Characters:

Haymitch – I wish he could have dealt with his PTSD differently than always turning to alcohol.  However, I liked him okay. He’s a good guy.

Cinna – I liked him a lot, especially after having a mental picture of him from the movie. I’m glad he turned out to be part of the underground.

Fennick– At first I was disgusted with him, gradually grew to trust him, and then completely liked him once the rest of his story was told and he married Annie.

Effie – So shallow, but so endearing.

Do You Believe?

A Character Friday….finally! *gasp*

The older I get, the more I realize that football is the BEST sport out there.

It’s both fast and slow paced, it’s hand-to-hand combat, it’s physical, it’s exciting, there’s a lot of technique and careful planning involved, but also a lot of make-something-out-of-this-busted-play type stuff.

Needless to say, I’m a big football fan. In college, I root for my MSU Bulldogs. (Go Dawgs!) And in Pro, (which is our family’s bigger interest) I was born a Green Bay Packer. I’m a cheese head for life.

However last year, I added something else to my rooting-for-status. I now call myself a “Packers plus Tebow” fan. Which meant that last year we also rooted for the Broncos. We even bought my mom a Broncos t-shirt with “TEBOW” printed on the back. I’m not one of those girls who claims that she wants to marry Tim Tebow or anything like that. I just like him for who he is.

I’m sure you all know who Tim Tebow is and his story, so I won’t go into all that. I’m writing about what’s happening now.

When Payton Manning landed at the Broncos earlier this week, and I heard that the Packers were looking at trading for Tebow, I got pretty excited. What could be more fun that Tebow playing for my beloved Packers? He’d be a back-up of course, but Mike McCarthy is great at teaching Quarterbacks, so he probably could have really help Tebow develop a lot. Aaron Rodgers could have taken him under his wing as well.

Or I wanted him to go some place where he would have no problem getting in as a starter.

But alas, it twas not to be.

Tim Tebow went to the New York Jets. Yuck.

But here’s how I look at it.

If there is any team out there that needs help spiritual and morally, it’s the Jets. Their current Quarterback Mark Sanchez especially.

Soo, my prayer is that Tim Tebow will continue to be the shining light and witness that he has been, and that he will, by God’s grace, bring the hope of the Gospel to the locker room of the Jets. And that through his actions and Godly character, lives will be changed.

I’m also praying for his own spiritual protection as he goes up into New York and becomes part of this wild team.

I can’t imagine how many hours of work went into this little production here. #amazing

Sir Nameless (a story from Lamplighter)

Sir Nameless – Character Friday

One of the characters that struck me the most in the second half of “Sir Knight of the Splendid Way” is Sir Nameless.

Sir Nameless was the keeper of the well. He had been chosen for this task by the King.
He was a knight full of honor, courage and faithfulness. He endured many trials and temptations during the many lonely years he spent guarding the well, keeping it pure and clean. Because of his careful care, it overflowed and became a brook, then a powerful stream, and eventually it gathered into a noble river which flowed into the great ocean. it brought much blessing and refreshment to others.
His faithfulness with a little became faithfulness over much.

He never left his post. Ever.
In the end he died trying to defend it from what he believed to be evil. He died fighting someone who tried to make him leave his assignment.

Even when offered what seemed to others to be a good thing, the chance to be honored and recognized for all of his efforts, he refused. For it would mean leaving his post. And that he would not do.
But what? You say. This man deserved to be honored!
Ah…but of what real worth is the honor of mere men? Sir Nameless received the honor of the King in abundance after his death.
Sir Nameless never knew the bounty that others enjoyed because of his faithfulness, but he knew his job. To stand vigilant against the wiles of the Black Knight. And stand firm he did, even though he found no glory for his own name in this life.

To quote the man telling Sir Constant the story of Sir Nameless (remember him from the last time I wrote about this tale):

“The King forgets none who are faithful. And he has much love for those nameless Knights, who keep their lonely outposts.”

Perhaps God has called you to a task that seems monotonous, unimportant, lonely or forgotten. A task that requires honor, courage, fortitude, and most of all, faithfulness.
Keep on. Do not give up. The King of kings remembers you, and your quiet steadfastness gives Him great joy. Nothing will be worth more than hearing one day “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master.”

Be faithful.

Keep the Vision {Character Friday}

Character Friday – Sir Knight of the Splendid Way – Part One

I currently listening to the new Lamplighter Theater production, called “Sir Knight of the Splendid Way.”  I finished the first disk yesterday. Next week’s post will probably be about the next half, because as of right now, I don’t even know how it ends.  🙂

It is the story, (or rather allegory, should I say) of a man named Constant, who wants to serve the King  with his whole heart. He wants to have a story worthy of telling, such as other Knights have had before him.  but he is afraid that he is unworthy of such a task. he is not sure that he has the strength, courage and fortitude to complete it without failure.
His friend, Sir Fortus, gives him this advice:

“If thou will follow the vision, thine will be a story worth the telling.”

I love this piece of advice. it is the promise that if we grasp hold of the vision that God has set before us, the vision that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, then our story shall be worth telling for generations to come.

Sir Constant begins his journey on the Splendid Way. he meets up with evil at what seems like every turn. But he presses on, looking forward to completing his journey.

He comes to a city that seems safe and serene enough, but where wickedness dwells. A wise old man warns him of the peril of the place. he warns him that as he travels through the city, he must not get swept away by the enchantment of the place. Constant feels sure of himself, and so they set off together.

Constant, weighed down by his armor, and fatigued with the heat of the day and the sweat of the journey, remarks to his companion, “I have not yet met another man with armor…It is getting quite warm, and my armor is quite heavy. There is no danger here. I shall leave my shield and armor here and take them up again when we come back this way.”

“No!” His wise companion says, warning him that evil will overtake him if he is not protected. He then says something that I think is very, very cool:

“Keep the vision. Guard thine heart. Dare not discard thine armor!”

How true this applies to the Christian life!  We must keep the vision (as said above), we must guard our hearts from Satan’s wiles, and we must dare not discard our armor of faith, salvation, righteousness, truth and peace!

if we keep these truths always within in our hearts and on our minds, then by God’s grace we shall find great joy as we walk on the splendid way of God’s paths.

Character Friday…I need some help!

It’s Friday yet again, and I am woefully behind on writing Character Sketches for the weekly post.

BUT

It is a new year, and I am resolved to do better.

BUT

I’d like you’re help. If any of you, my friends, would like to write a short (or long!) article about any character, real OR fictional, good OR bad, you would make me be VERY happy. 🙂

So please be thinking about it. It’s not that hard to do and it would really help me out.

ALSO, if there are any characters that you would like ME to write about myself, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! (Cause I’m kinda running out of ideas on my own…I need some inspiration….)

’till next time,

Mamie

Character Friday – Mary the mother of Jesus

Imagine what it must have been like.

Imagine trying to convince your fiance that no, you had not been unfaithful, God had put the baby inside of you.
Yeah, right. nice try.
Good thing God sent an angel to talk to Joseph about that personally.

But still, think about all the stares. I mean, come on. If I knew a couple who suddenly bumped their wedding date up by several months and it was immediately obvious that she was expecting a baby, I wouldn’t think twice about gossiping around the village well. (Not that gossip is a good thing…)

We don’t know much about Mary’s emotions during those nine months, other than the fact that she was completely willing to go through with this task the Lord had given her, ( Luke 1:26-38) and that she praised God:

“For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.” Luke 1:49

It must have seem surreal to carry around the Son of God in her womb. I’m sure there were times when she mused to herself, “This seems no different from any other baby…and yet, my powerful Redeemer resides within me. His heart is beating quite literally just beneath mine. I feel His closeness.”

Screaming in pain amongst the hay in that back room, bleeding as she pushed the Savior out of her body, I’m sure she strained for the first glimpse of his face. “What does God look like as a man? Shall I really see Him? Who has looked at God before?”
We’ve all seen pictures of mothers as they hold their new baby for the very first time.  (Those are probably some of my favorite pictures of all time.) The mama sees her child as though they are the only person in the world who matters. After the months of carrying them inside, and then hours of anguish during the painful labor of love, finally, finally, that tiny babe is safely in her arms.
In this case, the entire earth had groaned for thousands of years while waiting for this little boy.

Mary did not see or hear the angels proclaiming the joy of the Savior’s birth.
She didn’t need to.
She was living the experience. Saving it in her heart.

We’ve sort of painted Mary as this kind of placid, perfect woman.
But she wasn’t perfect by any means.  I highly suspect that no one in Nazareth would have considered her anything special.
God need someone special to raise His son, I’m sure Mary was anything placid and  stale. She was probably vibrant and full of life. Someone who could stand outside with Jesus and marvel at the beauty of creation with Him, seeing in it the hand of God. The hand of the Father….and of her son.

I’m sure there were times, before and after Jesus’ birth, that she lay in a crumpled heap, sobbing her heart out to God. “How can I do this? How can I raise Your Son in the way that He needs? He is no ordinary boy!” (We know that she struggled to understand Him from this story.)
But God gave her the strength and grace. Mary and Joseph raised Jesus in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.