Christopher Robin: Leaving Our Own Hundred Acre Wood

Do you like to watch movies? Rarely do I have time to watch one, but occasionally I get the chance to do so. This evening my wife and I watched the movie Christopher Robin. It was a fun reminder of the childhood we had and made us reminiscent of the Winnie the Pooh Characters we all grew to love.

The movie was fun and nostalgic. Bringing the characters to life with a grown up Christopher Robin. The plot is simple: Christopher Robin has forgotten who he once was and the characters are determined to help him rediscover himself and the true meaning of life. (No spoiler alert, I promise.)

However, as I watched this movie noticing Christopher Robin had lost himself, I couldn’t help but think of the spiritual parallels. There are many people like Christopher Robin who have lost themselves and are waiting to be found. As Christians, our goal is to go into all the world and reach as many people for Christ as possible. Helping them realize the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

But how can we share our hope with a lost world when we as a church have forgotten who we are in Christ? God wants to use His church, but we must refocus on what God is calling us to be. His hands and His feet. Some may think this post is corny, but I write it in hopes of stirring up hearts for the Lord.

There are many Christians who resemble some of the attributes of the characters in the Hundred Acre Wood. Let me explain:

>Some of us are like Eeyore: sad, depressed, and needful of the Joy Christ gives. Ask God to give you a joy of new perspective, new life, and new focus. He can turn your stormy night into a sunny day.

>Some of us are like Piglet: we are afraid, embarrassed, and often timid to share our hope with others. Ask God to give you boldness, courage, and confidence. People are waiting to hear about Jesus through you!

>Some of us are like Tigger: we are enthusiastic and excited, but can easily find us going through the motions. We need God’s direction as to what to do with our energy. Ask God to give you a clear vision and path to use what we have for His glory.

>Some of us are like Pooh Bear: we have a big heart, but don’t always understand everything going on around us. Ask God to renew our minds and fill the Big Hearts with something sweeter than Honey, but with the unconditional love of the Master.

No matter if you fit one of these descriptions or not, the ultimate conclusion is we all need more of God in our lives. If you watch the film you will note Christopher Robin would have never been found, if Pooh Bear had not left his home of the Hundred Acre Wood to reach out and do something different. There are so many people waiting to be reached with the hope of Jesus Christ and today’s church could play a mighty role in doing so. Question is, “Will the church choose to reach out like Pooh Bear did or will we stay where it’s simply comfortable and familiar, dwelling in the congregational confides of our own Hundred Acre Wood?” #ChristopherRobin #OurOwnHundredAcreWood

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Brandon Baumgarten

Brandon Baumgarten grew up in the small town of Oilton, Oklahoma and was elected to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as State Secretary, State President, and as a National Officer Candidate representing nearly 25,000 students on the local, state, and national levels from 2011-2013. Afterwards, Brandon launched his speaking career and authored the highly sought after leadership book, Caught Up & Called Out, hoping to help others see the impact they can make on this world. He is a professional speaker, speaking at over 100 different events each year, and a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Leadership, and was even named a top 10 student. He is a Zig Ziglar Legacy & Youth Certified Presenter and his message is always to engage, encourage, and empower you to do something big in your life! No matter if you are a student, teacher, parent, or business executive, Brandon's presentations are certain to make you laugh, think, and realize your impact is about to begin!

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