What uncommon things do we want to become common?

Things like:
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.
our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Spiritual Look at Looney Tunes

By Creg
(Ed. Note: Read Chelsa's blog "I've Been Set Free" before you read this post)

Last week I took three Parker kids & three Istre kids to the Ft. Worth Museum for a day of fun & learning. We saw an I-Max called "Journey to the South Pacific" that was filmed in West Papua & followed a local teenager as he learned all about the sea life there. Including swimming (and feeding) huge whale sharks!


The main exhibit at the museum is currently a celebration of Chuck Jones art work. He was the main artist for Looney Tunes and it showed a lot of his original works and ideas about drawing Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote, and the Road Runner. Something I found hilarious was his simple rules for drawing Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner cartoons. Here they are:

Rule 1
The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote except by going “beep-beep!”

Rule 2
No outside force can harm the coyote-only his own ineptitude of the failure of the Acme Products.

Rule 3
The coyote could stop anytime-If he were not a fanatic. (A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim.)

Rule 4
No dialogue ever, except “beep-beep.”

Rule 5
The road runner must stay on the road-otherwise, logically, he would not be called road runner.

Rule 6
All action must be confined to the natural environment of the two characters-the Southwest American Desert.

Rule 7
All materials, tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the Acme corporation.

Rule 8
Whenever possible, make gravity the coyote's greatest enemy.

Rule 9
The coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by his failures.

As I read those rules, and knowing Chelsa's story she told in the previous blog, I couldn't help but think about these rules through a spiritual lens. Let's look at a few of them. 


Rule 1
The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote except by going “beep-beep!”

Satan cannot drop an anvil on our heads, but he can sure present little lies to us.

Rule 2
No outside force can harm the coyote-only his own ineptitude of the failure of the Acme Products.

Usually, what gets us in the most trouble is our own ineptitude in dealing w/ Satan's lies. And sometimes we are harmed by the failure of those who are supposed to be helping us. 

You know the Acme bricks that the coyote orders to build a wall to catch the RR? Then those bricks end up collapsing on the coyote. That's me. I've been a brick that is supposed to support my wife but have, w/ criticism that wasn't always constructive, ended up helping in her collapse.

Rule 3
The coyote could stop anytime-If he were not a fanatic. (A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim.)

Sometimes we think, “I can do this, I just have to try harder.” When what we really need is to stop relying on ourselves & give things over to God.

Rule 4
No dialogue ever, except “beep-beep.”

Satan doesn't need to be visible or say much, just a little occasional nudge.

Rule 8
Whenever possible, make gravity the coyote's greatest enemy.

While gravity isn't our greatest enemy, often-times it's our simple selfishness?

Combine our selfishness with our pride & stubbornness and we end up living life like Wile E. Coyote. Trying to do something that's impossible on our own and wearing ourselves out. Not to mention spending way too much time falling off cliffs.



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