I recall one time going shopping with my sister in law. Browsing through the nightshirts, I saw one with Winnie the Pooh. While taking it, I remarked that I wish there was one with Tigger as he’s my favourite. She looked at me and asked, “Do you know that your brother’s favourite is that too?”. I was like “Really?!”. Ya, it takes a sister in law to come along and point out all the similarities that we never knew existed before!
I absoutely love Tigger who enjoys bouncy trouncy flouncy pouncy fun fun fun fun fun. In fact one thing I brought with me when I moved over here was my tall Tigger mug which sadly didn’t survive.
Yup the wonderful thing about tiggers is that they are wonderful things! And some of the wonderful character traits:
His self confidence:
“Every once in a while someone amazing comes along… and here I am!”
Yet he knows he is different and is proud of that too!
“People should seriously stop expecting normal from me. We all know this is not going to happen”.
“There are so many things that can make you happy.
Don’t focus too much on things that make you sad.”
The way he sees his weaknesses and others:
“I thought I was one of a kind, till I looked around at my friends
and realised they are just as disturbed as I am”.
Yet the way he cherishes friendships:
“That’s the story of you and me from the very beginning: we were meant to be”
“I wouldn’t trade it for anything never, no NEVER. Your friendship is the best present ever”.
I was grinning thinking if Tigger was ‘human’ wouldn’t he be a good believer? hehehe!
He knew he was amazing and one of a kind… How much more should we know we are indeed AMAZING too given the fact that God created us in His image and likeness and saw it was VERY GOOD (Genesis 1)! How much more should we think we are indeed amazing knowing that we are the sons and daughters of the King of Kings (that makes us Prince-ss), we are the royal priesthood, a chosen people, holy nation (1 Peter 2:9)! Shouldn’t that be more than enough to boost our confidence??!!
Many of us back slide or disobey God because we want to be ‘accepted’ or ’embraced’ by others. We want to be ‘normal’. However, the more we grow in the Lord, the less we can go with the flow of the world as God’s ways contradict that. Instead we need to go with the flow of the Holy Spirit which is like the wind, we don’t know which direction it will come from. That’s what Jesus told Nicodemus regarding being born again, which is a MUST for us to be BELIEVERS (John 3:5-8). Those rooted in God will echo Tigger’s words not to expect anything ‘normal’ from us!
I like the way Tigger says not to focus too much on the things that are sad.. Yes Jesus says there WILL BE trouble (John 16:33) but He says not to be afraid as HIs peace is with us (John 14:27). We don’t need to be fake and pretend that everything is hunky dory.. we don’t need to pretend that there are no storms in our lives.. but despite the storms of trials and troubles are we willing to fix our gaze on Jesus, the lighthouse? Are we going to praise God and be thankful in ALL circumstances? That is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18)! Are we going to resolve to look at the things that can make us happy and count our blessings – beginning with blessings we overlook and take for granted daily?
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with
the glory that will be revealed in us – Romans 8:18
Not only did he admit there are sad things in life, he admits he is ‘disturbed’ and so are others. We have ALL sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Not a single one of us are perfect. Not you, not me! So why do we expect each other to be PERFECT? If we are expecting that, then we haven’t been able to recognise the imperfections in us. If we haven’t recognised that, then we haven’t truly experienced God’s grace that reaches out to us in our weaknesses, in our short-comings, in our failures. That’s the beauty of our FATHER – He reaches out to us in our IM-PERFECTIONS and in response to that BREATHTAKING LOVE, our love for Him, we allow HIM to turn our imperfections steadily and gradually to perfections. Likewise we reach out with that same love to others holding their hands and speaking the truth IN LOVE to one another (Ephesians 4:15), speaking words that BUILD UP (1 Thessalonians 5:11) not tear down (2 Corinthians 13:10)!
Are we able to LOVE ONE ANOTHER as ourselves? That isn’t an option but a commandment that God gave us. In fact, Jesus simply summarises the Old Testament law and commandments into two powerful statements bringing us to be led by Him to LOVE not by law but by His grace – to love God with ALL our heart, soul, mind and strength (which automatically make Him priority) and to love our neighbour AS OURSEL VES? Are we all out to condemn one another and tear each other down or are we building each other up as that’s what building the Body of Christ is? Are we able to love people with their imperfections? Are you SINCERELY grateful for how God loves you?
Can we stand up and resonate Tigger’s words to our ‘neighbours’ and to God too?
“Any day spent with you is my favourite day”.
That’s love, and loving God and each other is what being a believer is all about! It’s not a mystery.. a simple thing but something we complicate way too much!
Have a TIGGER-ific day folks!