Winnie the Pooh Christianity
by: Mary Criss
Ever stopped to consider that there are many different types of Christians, yet we can all be summed up by comparing ourselves to Winnie the Pooh characters? I never thought of it that way either, until this a message during revival, where the evangelist brought it into light. Consider if you will the members of Pooh’s crew:
First we have Eyore: “Oh woe is me, it’s not much of a life.” “He might have healed then, but it probably won’t happen now.” “I have a home here, but it’s not much of a home.” Here we have an example of what happens when we settle for an orange crate instead of desiring the mansion. Eyore is just complacent in his misery, and disbelieves anything good could ever come his way, limiting God.
Moving on, we come to Pooh: “Well, if I could just get my hand in that honey pot, everything would be better.” Pooh is always looking for the temporary fix in finding the sweet things. Got his eyes on the pot of gold, so to speak, as if that would make everything alright. If things get too tough, he just focuses on that material stuff. If he just had this one thing, his life would be ok. Sounds like envy.
Next we have Piglet: “Oh I just don’t know....I’m afraid that God might be too busy to worry with a little piglet like me.” “God couldn’t possibly use me to do anything for His kingdom, for I’m way too small.” Fear holds Piglet back from trying anything. Sound familiar? Get rid of it. God can use anyone at any time, no matter your stature. All you have to do is let go of the fear, and let Him use you. Be willing to be used.
Now we have Gopher: Gopher is just busy, basically. He doesn’t have time for anything or anyone, just wrapped up in himself and his desire to tunnel on, never really realizing that he’s going in the wrong direction. Gopher and Rabbit share qualities, where Gopher has no time for anyone, Rabbit is guilty of impatience with others.
Then there’s Tigger. Ah, that there would be more Tigger Christians in this world. Tigger is eager, bouncing, and ready to go. He doesn’t question, he just volunteers. He has a merry outlook, and would pitch in wherever needed. He has a willing heart. Maybe Tigger doesn’t seem the brightest of individuals at times, but his eagerness and willingness more than make up for it. Tigger is the kind of Christian that automatically will agree to doing whatever needs to be done to further God’s kingdom. He hears the call, he answers.
Now we have Rabbit. Tigger really gets on Rabbit’s nerves. Rabbit would like to send Tigger to the utmost corner of the earth. Tigger upsets Rabbit’s apple cart, so to speak, ( or carrot cart in this instance.) Rabbit doesn’t appreciate Tigger jumping around in his garden, on his turf. Rabbit always has to be right, and doesn’t much appreciate it when Tigger’s earnestness causes him discomfort. He is impatient and often misses the good because he refuses to look for it. Sound like any Christians you might know?
I thought this was really interesting, humorous, and very truthful. Think on it, and I’m sure you’ll agree.
Lord, seen in this light, it is my prayer that we would all become more like Tigger, and jump to the call, whatever it might be. Create in me, Lord a Tigger heart. Wishing you abundant blessings in His name, and for His sake.
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Excellent article, Mary! So well developed...and I love the title!