You guys are in for a treat today. Meet my friend, Jill Richardson. She is a pastor, speaker, blogger, fellow FTL Launch team sister, mom of daughters, and a fabulous storyteller. She is funny, smart AND a Lord of the Rings nerd. As you can see, we have lots in common and I simply adore her. As I am off traveling this week, I have asked Jill to share her extremely relevant and powerful message with us today. The first paragraph got my attention, as our family enjoys the same LOTR marathon tradition each year during the holidays. Please enjoy this inspirational word from Jill and then go check out her blog for more great stuff.
Every New Years our family has a tradition. We watch the same movie. But when the Richardsons do anything, hey, go big or go home. We don’t watch just any movie. We watch The Lord of the Rings, extended versions, all three films. It’s a long day.
If you are as good at nerding out as we are, you know that the character Aragorn is the man destined to be king. Yet for several hours worth of film (and the first 86 years of his life), he hides from that destiny. He’s kind of the Robin Hood of Middle-earth, swooping out of the woods to do good things for helpless people, then going back into hiding. He’s a Ranger, a lone Ranger, uninterested in the responsibility of being a king.
Until he is told quite succinctly (and when an Elf-Lord speaks, it’s usually succinctly) to stop it. No one else can do this job, he’s reminded. It’s yours whether you will or not.
“Put aside the ranger; become who you were born to be.”