Sunday, December 30, 2012

Me and Bilbo

We went and saw The Hobbit last night.  It was so much fun to go out to a movie with friends!  I don't love fight scenes and the scary-looking bad guys make it a little hard for me to fall asleep.  But still I loved it.  It captured my heart because I related to Bilbo so much. 

I loved how reluctant he was to adventure at first.  Gandalf says, "When did doilies and your mother's china become so important to you, Bilbo?"  (All quotes are my paraphrase!)  FOR gets comfortable so quickly.  I LIKE the schools, parks, churches, friends, family, walking trails, family activities in Alpharetta, Georgia.  I LIKE having a minivan to pile my kids into, no shortage of activities for the kids, endless playdates, and my furniture.  Just comfort, winds itself around my heart and settles in so quickly.  And then it gets so hard to leave.  Bilbo liked his life just fine how it was, thank you very much. 

In that same part of the movie, Biblo is asking if he'll come back.  Gandalf says, "I can't guarantee it, and if you do you won't be the same."  Again, I SO relate.  As you set off, you want to know the's gonna turn out ok, right?  But there just aren't guarantees.  Thus why it's called a leap of FAITH.  But yet he had a yearning for his life to make a difference.  And so (almost in spite of himself) he went chasing after the invitation to adventure.

But most of all, I loved how he was so ordinary.  Nothing extra special or stand-out-ish.  He just said yes.  And nothing was ever the same for him or the people around him.  And don't we all want that?  Just to see our regular little lives get to be used for the extraordinary.  Not every day here feels extraordinary, but at one point, I felt like God said that just my little acts of obedience matter.  So, see?  Me and Bilbo Baggins are practically twins seperated at birth!


  1. Cristie, saw Hobbit yesterday. So many comments made me think of you and myself. I can so relate. Can't wait for you to see all the wonderful things we found for all of you. Love you much,

    1. Aunt Pat, I love that you can relate!! I'm excited for mom to get here! I love you much!!!!


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