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One of my favorite movies is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  Because I wanted to share a piece of my childhood with my children, I bought the movie so they too could experience the enjoyment.  Needless to say, we watched the movie everyday.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a delightful family movie with great songs that you can sing along with and dance to, but I recognized something else about the movie.  This movie is quite inspirational; the theme of hope and dreams rang through the whole movie.

For those of you who have never seen it or it has been a while, the movie tells the story of a struggling inventor Caractacus Potts and his family’s adventure in a car he rebuilt named Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  Professor Potts desires to see one of his inventions successful and to be able to take care of his children because he is a single parent.  Well, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was once a Grand Prix winning car, but after a bad accident, ended up at a junkyard.  At the children’s request, Professor Potts manages to gain the money to buy the car from the junkyard and rebuilds it.  His father attempts to encourage him to give up on his silly dreams of being a famous inventor and get a conventional job that would pay him “A honest day’s pay for a honest day’s work,” but the hero of this story does not give up on his dream.  Not only does he build a remarkable car, but in the end, one of his inventions pays off for him.

Professor Potts’ fame did not come instantly; it took time and effort.  He was in it for the long haul because he believed in himself.  For us as we move towards our own success, keep in mind that success is not always instanteous, it takes time and effort.

 

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My husband, children, and I are big fans of The Karate Kid movies. We have seen all of them more than once.  I grew up watching Mr. Miyagi teaching Daniel life lessons and now, my children are experiencing the same lessons with Mr. Hun and Dre.  The other evening while I was watching the latest version with the children, I started making mental notes of all the life lessons the movie was conveying.  Here is my list: 1. The value of determination, perseverance, and being focused on one’s goals- Hard work does pay off.  2. One chooses to sink or swim- When you are knocked down, you have a choice to either stay there and feel sorry for yourself or get back up, brush off, and keep it moving.  3. We share a common thread no matter what their cultural differences are- A need to be loved, respected and to be treated fairly.  4. The true value of mentorship and friendship- mentor does not have to look like you in order to teach you something.  You can take nuggets from the most unlikely person. Time, energy, and love invested into someone can lead to great victories.  5. Repetitive behavior becomes instinct- You are what you repeatedly do.  6. You teach what you already know because you live it.

 

 

 

 

 

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I Cronicles 4:9-10 (Revised Standard Version), “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that though wouldst bless me and enlarge my border, and that thy hand might be with me, and that though wouldst keep me from harm so that it might not hurt me!” And God granted what he asked.

The best demonstration of stewardship to the world is being what God called you to be. Jabez’s Mother named him sorrow,  but God called him blessed.

 

 

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A few years ago on my birthday, I woke up a little disappointed.  I was disappointed because I was feeling that at my age, I should be further along in some areas of my life than I am. I can admit that. As I sat to write in my journal, I was quickly reminded of this one thing:  Delays Are Not Denials!

“All things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good…” Romans 8:28 (AMP)

 

 

 

 

 

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