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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Lessons from Linus and The Great Pumpkin

by Barbara Latta

I love the Peanuts comic strip and cartoon movies. They are some of my favorite holiday
Lessons from Linus and The Great Pumpkin
classics. Snoopy never fails to amuse me with his antics and who could not feel sorry for poor Charlie Brown? He gets left out at parties and gets rocks for Trick or Treat. But he is resilient. He finds a way to hang in there.

This week I again watched, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Linus and his blanket spent the night in the pumpkin patch waiting for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin. Shivering in the cold, he waits and waits each year to no avail.

While I do love Linus, I found some great lessons from his mis-beliefs:

He believed a lie – No amount of persuasion could convince Linus there was no Great Pumpkin.
  • Lesson – look for evidence before believing something. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life- the life was manifested and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifest to us – that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:1-3).

He convinced another person to believe the lie with him – Sally spent several hours in the pumpkin patch because of what Linus told her.
  • Lesson – don’t believe something simply because another person does. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore, do not be partakers with them (Ephesians 5:6-7 NKJV).

He got angry when he heard the truth - Charlie Brown told him believing in the Great Pumpkin was a stupid thing to do.
  • Lesson – If others will not believe the truth, we cannot change their heart. Only the Holy Spirit can. For the hearts of this people have grown dull, their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them (Matthews 13:15).

He was taken care of by his sister even when he was wrong – Lucy may act tough toward Linus at times, but when he was in trouble she rescued him from the pumpkin patch and put him in his bed. She also collected candy for him at Trick or Treat.
  • Lesson – If others are not following the truth, we can still treat them kindly. Showing the love of God is the only way they will ever know the truth. Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do (Colossians 3:12-13).

Linus believed a lie.
Thankfully, when the A Charlie Brown Christmas show comes around, Linus is the one who shares the truth about the reason for the season.

Maybe next year he will stay out of the pumpkin patch and spend his time with the other kids instead, but I doubt it.  Good grief!

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