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Discover a God who truly can make your wildest dreams come true.
Discover a God who truly can make your wildest dreams come true.
So here you are, reading this devotional about Napoleon Dynamite. Maybe it's morning and you're getting ready for school, or maybe, like Napoleon, you're on the way to somewhere. Perhaps, like Napoleon, if someone asked you what you were doing today, you'd be thrown off. Especially considering Napoleon only had one thing planned for his day: to give Mr. Action Figure a ride behind the school bus. Extremely important stuff. Besides that, his plans were probably undetermined.
Maybe you have a hot date tonight with a babe you met online, or maybe you have a dance to attend. Perhaps you have nothing to do but throw footballs at a video camera. Whatever you've got going on, you might be even more thrown off by someone asking you what you are going to do with your life. Do you have a plan?
If you don't have a plan for your life, or even if you do, pretty much the best place to find one is in the Word. And you might be surprised that God is not necessarily asking you to create a detailed trajectory. See, for example, Micah.
Micah was a prophet at a crucial time in Israel's history. God's people had wandered far from him, worshiping other gods and following their own ways. Prophets such as Isaiah, Hosea, Amos, and Micah were sent to call the people back to the God who loved them and had their best interests in mind. Micah told the people of Israel that following their own plans could only lead to destruction. He reminded them that God has another way.
"But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love. And don't take yourself too seriously - take God seriously" (Micah 6:8).
Some will tell you that they feel a calling on their life, such as to be a teacher, a marketing guru, or a missionary. Perhaps you feel a bit left out because you don't have such a calling on your life. When someone asks what you are going to do, you answer, "I have no idea. Gosh!" But don't worry about it. You do have a calling. It's just a little less specific than you may have expected.
For example, we are all called to be fair and just in our dealings with others. This means we don't take advantage of someone else, that we don't rip people off. When selling something on eBay. Being fair involves living by a higher standard in our lives than simply "honesty is the best policy." If we are to fulfill God's call on our lives, "honesty is the only policy." This is living justly, and by doing so, our lives will naturally take the right form.
Another calling for each of us is to be compassionate and loyal in our love. At first this seems like an unnecessary directive, doesn't it? I mean, isn't love by definition compassionate and loyal? Perhaps. But since when did any of us live by a perfect definition? We are all prone to selfishness and being inconsiderate. We find it hard to put others - even someone we love - ahead of our own needs and interests. That is why we need to stop and remember our calling to be compassionate and loyal. To step outside of our own interests and focus on others.
Finally, we are called to stop taking ourselves so seriously. This does not mean that we are unimportant to God. You may have heard it said that if you were the only person on earth to have ever strayed from God, he still would have sent Jesus to suffer and die just for you. I (Jeff) believe it's true, and it can, if you let it, put to rest the thoughts that you are just a number to the Father. His love for you is what allows you to stop concentrating on yourself and begin to take God seriously. Once you know that he cares for you much better than you could care for yourself, you will be free to have more fun and stop worrying about what may come your way.
Life is meant to be lived. And you can only have a full, abundant life if you live it according to the Creator's calling.
"But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love. And don't take yourself too seriously - take God seriously."
Excerpted from Taming a Liger by Jeff Dunn Adam Palmer Copyright © 2005 by Jeffrey Dunn and Noel Adam Palmer. Excerpted by permission.
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|The 24-Piece Set|
|Piece 1||Whatever I feel like I wanna do, gosh!||17|
|Piece 2||But my lips hurt real bad!||21|
|Piece 3||Dang! You got shocks...pegs...Lucky!||27|
|Piece 4||Worst day of my life, what do you think?||33|
|Piece 5||I said come down here and see what happens when you try to hit me!||39|
|Piece 6||Maybe you'd be interested in some home-woven handicrafts||45|
|Piece 7||So me and you are pretty much friends now, right? So you've got my back and everything?||51|
|Piece 8||You gonna eat your tots? Can I have 'em?||57|
|Piece 9||You could be drinking whole if you wanted to||63|
|Piece 10||You ever come across anything like time travel?||69|
|Piece 11||It's pretty much my favorite animal||75|
|Piece 12||We need some way to make us look official-like we've got all the answers||81|
|Piece 13||You know, like bow-hunting skills, numchuk skills, computer-hacking skills. Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!||87|
|Piece 14||Took me like three hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It's probably the best drawing I've ever done||93|
|Piece 15||You have a sweet bike, and you're really good at hooking up with chicks||99|
|Piece 16||Sweet! Plus, I could be your bodyguard, too. Or, like, secret service captain or whatever||105|
|Piece 17||I am 100% positive she's my soul mate||111|
|Piece 18||You've been ruining everyone's lives and eating all our steak!||117|
|Piece 19||Just tell them all their wildest dreams will come true if they vote for you||123|
|Piece 20||What?! A flippin' skit?! Why didn't anyone tell us about this?!||129|
|Piece 21||Listen to your heart. That's what I do||133|
|Piece 22||Wanna play me?||139|
|Piece 23||I just got done taming a wild honeymoon stallion for you guys||145|
|Piece 24||I hope you guys' experiences are unforgettable||151|
|Napoleon Defined: A Glossary||155|
|Recipes From the Kitchen of Napoleon Dynamite||171|
|Taming a Liger Discussion Guide||181|
|About the Authors||189|
Posted February 4, 2012
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