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A Cricket as a Conscious

((Danger Will Robinson … Spoilers Ahead))

This weekend, I watched the newest Disney edition of Pinocchio. It’s a pretty good production. The locale setting for the production is in Italy. The CGI is excellent. The Disney’s ‘easter eggs’ are something that just pops – especially the collection of all the clocks in Geppetto’s home/shop.

I couldn’t quite pick out Keegan-Michael Key as Honest John.  But I did like Tom Hanks and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in their roles.

Jiminy Cricket gives an interesting piece of advice as young Pinocchio goes to school.  He tells him …

Pay attention
Obey all the rules
Do whatever the teacher tells you to do

Wow! Can you imagine if kids today actually did that? What a difference public education our nation would have. Not just kids that actually worked WITH the teachers, but parents that actually support the teachers.  Interestingly, this young student who would probably do what his Jimmy Cricket tells him to do, is actually booted out of school. It seems the educational system in the movie needs work just like our in real life.

Most are familiar with the story. The wish upon a star, the puppet that gains animation, and the innocent little puppet that is taken advantage of by Honest John. Then there is the whale, the extending nose, and the music interlaced throughout the movie. The newest movie has the old classic songs and some new ones thrown in.

Geppetto’s joy is felt as well as his deep concern when Pinocchio goes missing. 

Throughout the movie, P just wants to make his father happy. He wants to become famous … so he can become real … so his father will have a real son again. Fame is something even people today seek – but it’s not really satisfying. Fame is elusive and Fame is disappointing. But like real life, people take advantage of others, people lie, people are greedy, and people are down right mean.

It’s interesting. In this version, P tells a lie to get what he needed and the movie seems to show it was okay. (He lies so the nose stretched, so Jimmy can reach the key on the wall.). I don’t remember that twist. Almost like lying for the right reason is approved of. Hmm.

Jiminy gives a valiant effort as a conscious – even though he was drafted into it by the Blue Fairy. And P does seem to be filled with uncertainty and angst even when Jiminy is not around. But without that little push to stay on the straight and narrow – P continuously makes unwise decisions. But humans? The depravity of man is on real display.

All in all, Pinocchio is a pretty dark story. Child trafficking. Evil spirits changing kids to donkeys that turn into slave labor. Rejection of people because they are different. Hedonism. Betrayal. Deception.

But such is real life. In Pinocchio, P is not alone. His conscious strives to really advise and assist.

In real life, we too struggle with tight abs wrong (and by we, I mean those that are Children of the one true God) … we have a conscious that never leaves us and always walks beside us. The Spirit of God is always at work in us … convicting us, encouraging us, edging us in the right direction.

But in the words of Jiminy, and in light of humanity’s brokenness, being a conscious, “Is no easy job!”

So listen to Him. Strive to honor your heavenly Father. Live according to His ways. And in all your ways – drive to bring Him glory.

I would also say – nobody – and I mean NOBODY – would trap the Spirit in a jar like Honest John did to Jiminy. NOBODY!

Pulled Over for a DUI

Many moons ago, I was pulled over for driving under the influence. It was the wee hours of the morning, I was returning from an early morning shift, my car was weaving the lanes on 75, the W, and a police car was quick to flag me down (kudos on their prompt response). After quickly pulling off the W and coming to full and complete stop, I explained to the man in blue I was coming off several straight shifts from two jobs, headed home, and had not had any alcohol or medication. I completed my once and only breathalyzer and walked in a straight line – he came to believe me. He took pity, directed me to the closest 7-11 (Mockingbird near SMU – a tennis complex is there now, but there is a Starbucks across the street) – of which he ordered me to go there, do not pass go, and have some coffee. I did as instructed.

DUI – Driving Under the Influence. Influence is a remarkable thing – to have an effect or impact on someone’s character and/or actions. This week, Time Magazine listed their top 100 people of influence in the world (see here for complete list). It includes a wide variety of personas from the political and cultural spectrum. From Chloe Kim to Rosanne Barr, from Prince Harry to Kim Jung Un, from Christine Waters to Jeff Bezos, and so forth – the list is impressive. Yes, they are influential. I even see how some parts of my life has been influenced by their leadership, their efforts, or their practice of the arts. But influence is also something we allow, something we give permission to impact our character. Jesus said that bad company corrupts good character. We are who we hang around with with. Or more direct – garbage in/garbage out.

I look at whom I allow to influence me – teachings of Craig Groeschel, JD Greear, Bob Goff, as well as local pastors like Josh Allen (ParkwayHiils), Robert Morris (GateWay), and Pete Brisco (Bent Tree). But unfortunately, I also let worldly influences slip in as well – TV/Media that doesn’t honor the Lord, comedy that might be questionable, or music that promotes a morally questionable lifestyle. Maybe I should follow the “mother test’ – if you feel uncomfortable watching or listening to something while your mother was in the room, then maybe you shouldn’t be watching/listening.

This is not about becoming Amish – hiding yourself from the world, for we are to be in the world but not of the world. It is about influence – what are letting influence you?
The Bible says to ‘guard your heart’. The children’s song of ‘be careful little eyes what you see’ is also very appropriate. So I challenge you this week, look at what you let influence your life – evaluate what you let in to your mind – and ponder the things you watch/listen to. Then, take that list and evaluate whether they build you up or break you down. Do they strengthen your walk your with the Lord or do they distract you from that relationship?

If we are to be under the influence, may it be that we are filled with the Spirit. (See Eph. 5.18-21). We will look a bit more at that tomorrow. Till then, look at what you allow to influence your life!
COMING SOON – Starting in May – on the 10th of each month, I will do Top 10 lists. Who are the Top 10 influences, the Top 10 books, the Top 10 moments, etc. Different list every month. Think about your list. First month – Top 10 people of influences in your life up to this point.