The Hobbit’s guide to a successful journey!

Last weekend, I spent a day watching the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy with my boyfriend (10 or so hours total). A few days later, I took him to see midnight showing of “The Hobbit.” I’m not going to lie, I was expecting the films to be “guy movies.” I was expecting something fun, but a tad ridiculous. Creatures? Adventures? Battles? Ehhhhh….
Very shortly into the first movie, I was completely captivated. I loved each and every one of them. There are a couple things about these movies that really resonated with me. First of all: the journey. Life is an adventure, a journey, full of things we seek. Secondly: often times what we seek and desire can lead to destruction. These movies that I expected to be silly filled my mind & heart with deep thoughts…which all led to this post 😉

Moving to Los Angeles almost 4 years ago was a big adventure for me. It was a big change…a journey that I didn’t know all that much about. I didn’t know what exactly to expect. As a 17 year old, I wasn’t aware of the battles I would have to fight. I wasn’t sure what I would have to sacrifice, or if I would lose myself along the way. In “The Hobbit”, Bilbo is fearful of taking that leap of faith…leaving his comfortable, cozy home town for a whole new world full of adventure and struggle.
I think all of us are faced with this predicament at some point in life. God’s plans for us are much greater than anything we can imagine. I’m a planner. I love knowing what’s going on. I love security. But I’ve found that for me to do anything that will make an impact, God has to bring me out of my comfort zone. Maybe God has put something on your heart that terrifies you. Maybe it’s moving to a big city to make an impact…maybe it’s going across the world to make an impact…or maybe God has called you to  be a mother and to make an impact on your family. No matter what God has planned for you, these things can feel overwhelming and “too big” for us to take on.
Bilbo did not feel that he was fit to take on the challenge. He was afraid of the journey, mostly because he didn’t feel qualified. Isn’t that exactly how we are? We feel too small…too young…too uneducated…too inexperienced. All the while, God is looking at you and saying that you are exactly who He wants for the job.

So, you know you are called to something great. You’re ready for an adventure. Unfortunately, most journeys don’t come with a path that is free of rocky terrain and huge road blocks. In “The Hobbit”, it sometimes seemed like the road blocks never ended. At every turn, there was another obstacle. Life is full of these. We have to stand strong and know who we are, or we will lose sight of ourselves & lose sight of God along the way.
Even scarier-what if what you desire leads you to destruction?
Everyone longed for the ring…desiring it so deeply. What I found interesting is that even the people who had the best of intentions…who wanted to use their power for good…they still stumbled sometimes. Even the greatest people will be tempted. For some, the ring made them desire power so much that it would begin to corrupt them and corrode every bit of goodness or light they had.
A lot of people move to LA with good intentions. Wanting to be a light, wanting to make a difference. But often times the desire for fame, money, and recognition take over and corrupt our souls.

All of this is scary, but extremely true. However, you’re in luck! You can be successful in your journey. It is possible to go on the adventure God has for you without losing yourself. How so?

The Hobbit guide to a successful adventure:
1-Don’t do it alone. Froto thinks it will be better and safer to complete his adventure alone. However, his best friend Sam refuses to let that happen. The only reason Froto survived and didn’t lose himself was the pure fact that he had many people around him to help, encourage, support, and help him fight his battles. We need community. We need people to hold us accountable and remind us of our ideals. Most importantly, we need people to help us fight our wars. We can’t go into battle alone.
2-Keeping a pure heart. The Hobbits do best with the ring because they are pure of heart and desire power the least. We should try to be more like them (well-without the hairy toes). If you are getting tired and overwhelmed on your journey, make a list of your intentions. Write down why it’s important to you. Keep your heart pure. Focus on how you can help others, not how you can get more power and get ahead.

We will all have adventures of our own. Life will lead us down various paths, providing us with journeys that are sometimes difficult. But remember: It is possible to succeed…it is possible to make an impact…it is possible to go into the darkest places and bring light. Just be more like a hobbit 😉

There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
-The Hobbit

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