Thursday Quote Day: Frank Martin

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” quote features a quote from the character Frank Martin from the TV show Transporter:  The Series:

“Courage doesn’t mean you’re not afraid to do the right thing. Courage means you’re afraid and you do it anyway.” (Frank Martin Transporter: The Series)

My Star Wars Trilogy

Star Wars

Last night, I was having a twitter conversation with a new twitter friend and it got me to thinking (which has led to this post).  The topic was about Star Wars (of course) and was about in part the new film that’s coming out in December.  It was also about the previous films as well.

Now for context, my twitter friend tweeted about how there is anxiety over the new film because of the response that most have towards the prequel trilogy.  This led to a good twitter discussion about the prequels, the original trilogy and the future films.

It really got me to think.  At this point now there are several generations of Star Wars fans.  There’s the generation (of which I am a part of) that grew up with the original trilogy.  That is my Star Wars Trilogy.  There is also a generation that grew up with the prequel trilogy.  That is their Star Wars Trilogy.  And something I’ve learned recently is the feelings that I have for the original trilogy, those are the same feelings that those who grew up with the prequel trilogy.

Now I’m of the same thought as many in my Star Wars Trilogy generation that the prequels aren’t as good compared to the original trilogy.  There are a lot of faults in the prequels and such.  But, I also recognize that there are some good things in the prequels.  There are some really cool and memorable moments in the prequels.  And talking with those that the prequel trilogy is their Star Wars Trilogy it is a good reminder of that.

As far as the concern about the new film, I wrote that those who were of the prequel trilogy being their Star Wars Trilogy will have the same joy that those who were of the original trilogy had when the first prequel debuted.  Those of us of the original trilogy had to wait 16 years between new films (of course I was barely old enough when Jedi debuted that I barely remember seeing it in the theater and I went and saw it a year after it debuted).  Those of the prequel trilogy will have had to wait 10 years between new films.  And the cool thing is there will be kids now where the new trilogy will be their Star Wars Trilogy.

We all have our Star Wars Trilogy.  We all have our three films that we know and love and cherish and quote incessantly.  And come December, we will have the start of more films that will be loved and cherished and quoted incessantly.  And whether we love or don’t love this new trilogy time will tell.  But there will be those that will love them because they grew up on them and they will say that the sequel trilogy is “My Star Wars Trilogy”.

Sunday Devotional: 3 John

“The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.  For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.  For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.  Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.  So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.

Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.  Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.

I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink.  I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.

Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, each by name.”

3 John is a letter that gives a practical example for followers of Jesus showing love in truth.  John, the apostle, wrote the letter to Gaius.  Gaius was a leader in the church of his city and he had received a group of traveling missionaries.  He took care of these missionaries while they were in the city and John wanted to thank Gaius and encourage him to keep serving the Lord in this way.

Gaius was loving on these missionaries and through this was able to take part in the work that they were doing in spreading the Gospel.  This week, let us love on those around us in truth.  Let us encourage those whom God has called to serve around the world.  And let us be a part of the work that God has called us to do in sharing the Good News.