I remember being a small child and watching the television cartoon movie “Winnie the Pooh”. I loved the soft pastel colors the animators used to color the movie. They were comforting colors. Colors of peace, relaxation, and calmness. The characters were so diverse, yet simple. I, of course, didn’t recognize this at an early age. A sweet pleasant memory I carry with me still today.
When preparing to teach a class today, I decided to use the characters of this beloved book as a comparison of ourselves and how we present ourselves as Christians.
First, let’s look at Winnie the Pooh himself. He is not very bright, he’s gullible, and he lacks common sense. Although Pooh loves helping others and his friends, he is more of a support than a leader. I know people like this. They are amazingly supportive friends and will do anything for you but they don’t share God’s word verbally. These people show Christianity through their actions. Pooh is content in life (like us, understanding God’s love) and offers hugs to comfort friends. These people are the foundation of our story, just like Pooh.
Winnie the Pooh “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
The Bible Philippians 2:4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Next, let’s look at Christopher Robin. This Winnie the Pooh story character is smart, compassionate, he is wiser than others, and others look up to him for mentoring. As a Christian, I strive to be like Christopher Robin. Christopher Robin is wise in the ways that he will admit his faults and seek others to solve problems. He understands the importance of humbling himself. I study every day to try to learn how to be more Christlike, understand God’s Word more clearly, and offer love. I aspire to be a Christopher Robin in representing my faith. Even when I am not with you, I am praying for you.
Christopher Robin “One thing you should know, no matter where I go, we’ll always be together.”
The Bible Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
What about sweet little Piglet? Piglet is very timid and takes his lead from others and what they do. There are many Christians like this. They choose to follow the crowd or let others make all the decisions. When we do this as Christians we can fall into false teachings or incorrect interpretations of the Bible. Piglet has good intentions but needs to think for himself. God’s Word (the Bible) is the perfect guide on how to live our life. It allows us to be brave and courageous because God teaches us that.
Winnie the Pooh“Pooh?” “Yes, Piglet?”
“I’ve been thinking…” “That’s a very good habit to get into to Piglet.”
The Bible Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Lastly, let’s look at Eeyore. He’s glum and sarcastic, and he does things halfheartedly. He spends more time avoiding doing what needs to be done instead of just doing what needs to be done. I know people that say they are Christians but are always complaining and tearing down the church. They always know how to do things in theory but do nothing. They feel like no one understands them but they understand everyone and that tends to be in a negative light.
Eeyore “The sky has finally fallen. Always knew it would.”
The Bible Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
How do you choose to be represented? The story of “Winnie the Pooh” describes basic human behavior and personality types. Our faith can be described the same way, as Christopher Robin, understanding but knowing he needs guidance, Piglet, who follows the crowd and does not think on his own. Maybe you are a Pooh Bear that is supportive and always there or Eeyore who finds little good in life and wastes it. I was a Pooh that became a Christopher Robin, you can too.
Thank you for reading my blog and may you see God’s work in you today! My love and gratitude, LoLo