I DESERVED IT!
Look at my qualifications and I have everything and please get me in!
Why did you reject me even I am so good and I possess talents beyond your expectation!
I did everything and you still do not get it and I am nothing good to you even I held great potential in life.
I truly guarantee that you would feel that way when you possesses talents, it is when you felt are not being recognized. I got to admit it, I am one of them and how unfortunate it is. It is painful feeling and never easy! I would like to share something.
A week ago, I went to see Spider-Man: Homecoming movie at the theatre and I was so STOKED about this movie for two reasons: Spider-Man is my old time favorite since I was a boy and also it is finally connected back into Marvel Cinematic Universe after legal battle with Sony over Spider-Man movie franchise since Sony still own the right to make Spider-Man movies.
Before I can say about this movie, it will have a minor spoiler alert. This movie took place after The Avengers Part One storyline (2012), and pre and post Captain America: Civil War storyline (2016).
One scene in this movie hits me so hard when Tony Stark aka Iron Man had sort of, “Father-Son” conversation with Peter Parker aka Spider-Man.
Tony Stark: What is somebody had died? That’s on you. What if you had died? That’s on me. I don’t need that guilt on my conscience. I’m gonna need the suit back.
Peter Parker: For how long?
Tony Stark: For ever!
Peter Parker: I’ nothing without the suit!
Tony Stark: If you’re nothing without suit, then you shouldn’t have it!
(The dialogue between Tony and Peter took place after the incident with ferry boat where main villain, Vulture and his goons are on where Spider-Man thought he could handle himself but little did he realized it can kill numerous passengers on ferry boat).
Tony realized Peter had much to learn! Tony thought Peter was unteachable and he had to do something about it! He had to teach Peter, lesson and prove himself!
This scene blew me off because it made me think of the Christians who are in an untrained ministry position in sharing God’s Word, which turned into legalistic viewpoint even misinterpreted and misled on God’s Word where there is no training involved in understanding God’s Word.
So is you Peter Parker? Tony knew Peter need to focus on himself as Peter Parker not as Spider-Man before he can be true Spider-Man.
One scene from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones where there is a conversation between Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala which ETCHED me:
Anakin Skywalker: Master Obi-Wan manages not to see it. Do not get me wrong, Obi-Wan is a great mentor. As wise as Master Yoda as powerful as Master Windu. I am truly thankful to be his apprentice. In some ways—a lot of ways—I’m really ahead of him. I am ready for the trials… but he feels that I’m too unpredictable. He won’t let me move on.
Padme Amidala: That must be frustrating.
Anakin Skywalker: It’s worse. He overly critical. He never listens. He—He doesn’t understand. It’s not fair!
Padme Amidala: All mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It’s the only way we grow.
Anakin Skywalker (Sighs): I know.
Padme Amidala: Anakin. Don’t try to grow up too fast.
Anakin Skywalker and Peter Parker shared similar frustration, however Peter Parker takes himself into action to prove himself to Tony Stark aka Iron Man. It is where Anakin Skywalker did not, he let anger and bitterness took over it is where he has fallen into dark path. The answer: Darth Vader, no further explanation needed!
Why did Anakin and Peter rushed into action and think they are capable of managing their own superpower? The answer is simple, PRIDE!
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. ~ Proverbs 16:18 (NLT)
Pride is the attitude of showing is all about ME! Look at my ability and I am capable of doing it! List going on! “ME” attitude, lack mentorship and discipline. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Tony Stark are considered a wise veteran, who held many year experience of handling the crisis.
How does it apply to spiritual growth in Christianity? When it comes to Bible study, we need to be extra careful on how we interpret on what the verse is saying to us. We often pull out the verse out of context and misinterpreted, which caused great misunderstanding. So we need to seek help in understanding the Holy Bible better by being a listener and do the journaling to jot our thought in understanding what it will apply to our spiritual growth. We need to sit down and listen to wise teachers, pastors, preachers, and even mature Christians who want to help us and feeds us with God’s Word.
I heard PLENTY of those like to say:
I KNOW! I KNOW! I KNOW! I KNOW HOW TO DO IT!
Almost ten years ago, I was in training for mental health social worker, and the trainer was teaching me on how to document the important information in computer concerning daily activity of clients. I keep telling the trainer, “I know” repeatedly.
In following next day in the morning, trainer privately emailed me with a very chilling message as he said:
If you keep saying I know that means you do not wants to learn anything!
This message truly haunted me even since!
It is no wonder Anakin had conceit attitude and he thinks he is ahead of his Jedi Master Kenobi, look at his statement again:
In some ways—a lot of ways—I’m really ahead of him. I am ready for the trials… but he feels that I’m too unpredictable. He won’t let me move on.
His attitude and behavior have turned himself into Lord Vader! Peter Parker had similar ways as Spider-Man it is why Iron Man had to do something to teach Peter an expensive lesson in order to protect Peter from doing something will haunt Iron Man.
So we need to be careful and be willing to learn in understanding how God’s Word can apply to our spiritual growth and work on our flaws in our life before we can share with others.
“Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.” ~ Proverbs 13:3 (NLT)
It is nothing wrong to be overexcite about what we have learned and understood on what will give great benefit in our life, but we need to be careful not to rush into things where we are not trained to go there yet!