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My wife and I recently finished a 2-3 month long project of watching the extended versions of the Lord of The Rings Trilogy.  I have seen the movies several times but have never watched the extended versions so this was a treat.  I consider myself a huge fan of the trilogy even though I have regrettably only read The Fellowship of the Ring.  However, I think I am still in a position to comment on certain themes that I have picked up on throughout my LOTR obsession.

Each time I watch the trilogy, I try to watch it with new eyes and learn another lesson.  What lessons did I learn this time?

1. Hobbit faith.

Hobbit faith is very similar to child-like faith.  It is a faith that has not been perturbed yet by broken relationships, wounds from others, bad decisions leading to dreadful circumstances, etc.  It is a faith that is innocent, sincere, and without skepticism.  This faith, almost naive at times, is what separated the hobbits from the changing behavior and attitude of men.  What saw the hobbits through to the end was not their stature or strength, but their innocent faith.  Maybe a better way of explaining this would be to ask the question:  Would the hobbits have volunteered for this mission had they understood what they were actually up against?  Their innocence sheltered them and saw them through.  I want hobbit faith – a faith that only knows of one way, and that is of loyalty, commitment, and friendship, untainted by past failures and wounds.

2. Kingly Leadership

I do not know if the author’s intent in the books was to help understand Kingly Leadership or if I was just choosing to see something in the story due to my current personal study in 1 and 2 Kings.  Either way, the movie helped me understand the impact a courageous, sacrificial, and righteous King has on his people.  I use righteous in two ways.  Righteous as in how it is supposed to be used, as godly and right, and also as being the one true King whom is the only fit for the position.  Specifically, these are the lessons learned from Aragorn:

-He was King because he was born to be

-He was King because he was the best warrior (my favorite)

-He was King because he lead His people to continuous victories

-He was King because he lead in the decision making

-He was King because he had courage when no one else did

-He was King because his courage was contagious

-He was King because he was the symbol of his people

-He was King because he was willing to die first for his people

Now the best part.  Consider all this in light of Jesus Christ being regarded as King, the best warrior in the Kingdom of God.

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I’m continuing some thoughts from my last post Greater Than Solomon. I believe the title, if a true and a worthy principle from the Kings of Israel, has huge ramifications on my life in leadership and evangelism.

Why?

My wife will worship what I worship.

My kids will worship what I worship.

If I am an actual leader by position or merely exhibit leadership at work by influence, my co-workers will worship what I worship.

Those I mentor or invest in will worship what I worship.

I will be inclined to worship the same as those I choose to learn from and seek advice.

Do you agree?

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