Recently I've been watching this Nickelodeon show, Avatar: The Last Air Bender. It's a kids anime/cartoon with heavy influences of Hinduism and Buddhism in it, along with other pagan sources. I've been careful to question the concepts presented, holding them up to Truth and testing them. Most of them didn't hold up, but half of one idea did, and it helped lead me closer to God this morning.
In a season 2 episode of Avatar, the main character Aang has to let go of the earthly thing he loves and embrace the cosmos above in order to complete part of his training. "The cosmos" bit isn't a concept a believer in Jesus Christ should accept, however the apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3 of forgetting earthly things and straining for what is ahead of us, our hope in Jesus. The show reminded me of this piece of Scripture, and God used the character Aang's conflict to reveal to me something I haven't been letting go. I've been holding onto it with tight fingers of heart for a while. This morning, I let go. I'll need to continue to let go and strain onward, upward toward my hope above, but for now, it's a new beginning.
I didn't think Avatar would affect my life in any significant way good or bad, especially since it's a pagan-ish kids show, but I suppose God loves to surprise me.