Monday, October 24, 2011

Faith of a Child

It's time for one of my favorite Halloween specials ... It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! I love watching Charlie Brown specials. I remember sitting on the floor of our living room, hearing the signature Peanuts music start as the show opened with the NBC peacock. My tummy flipped and flopped with excitement as I absorbed in every minute of the show.

In this story, Linus convinces Charlie Brown's little sister Lucy to skip trick-or-treating to sit with him in the pumpkin patch. He is certain the Great Pumpkin will rise from the pumpkin patch and fly around bringing gifts and joy to children who believe in him. Lucy, intrigued by the gifts she will receive and more than a little enamored with Linus, agrees to wait with him. After waiting long into the night, the Great Pumpkin still doesn't show.

While I realize this is just a story, I still think we could all learn from Linus.

He believed. Linus believed with all his heart that the Great Pumpkin would appear and reward his faith. Right or wrong, he stayed rooted in his truth.

He shared his faith. Linus shared what he believed with all of his friends despite how they treated him. He wanted everyone to have the same benefits he was hoping for.

He was brave.
Here's a young boy who not only stood up to his mocking friends but also sat in a cold, dark pumpkin patch until the wee hours of the night. All because he had faith.

He was determined. Yet another year went by without the appearance of the Great Pumpkin (except for Snoopy dressed as a ghost). But Linus didn't give up. The end credits roll as Linus tells Charlie Brown about his plans to wait for the Great Pumpkin again next year.

Linus is a modern day faith warrior. He held firm to his beliefs, shared them with those he knew, endured the slings and arrows of opposition and went outside his comfort zone for his faith. I want to be like Linus, don't you? Oscar Wilde once said “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” So let's imitate some art together shall we?

Our God is mightier than any Great Pumpkin. He earned our faith in Him on the cross. He promises the gift of eternal salvation to everyone who believes. He rewards our obedience and He will come again to reign in Glory. Come friends, let's head out to the pumpkin patch...

Be blessed,


Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1


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