Fight or Flight?

Buzz Can’t Fly!

I love when children have a favorite toy, and it travels with them everywhere including toBuzz Lightyear in hand bed.  Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story was my son’s favorite action hero for a couple of years.  Buzz even made his 3-year portrait. (I was only allowed to show his hand in the picture at the right.)  The portrait still sits on my dresser today and now he’s a senior in high school.  So, I have a special affection for Toy Story’s most famous space ranger, Buzz Lightyear.

Why talk about Buzz?  Well, I recently saw a podcast titled “Feel Like Quitting?”  I was immediately reminded of the scene in Toy Story when Buzz Lightyear fallsBuzz realizes he can’t fly.  Buzz’s expression at that pivotal moment is memorable and real. (Anyone else ever wear that expression, too?)  When I viewed it again this past weekend, Randy Newman’s song “I Will Go Sailing No More” had me grabbing for the Kleenexes while Buzz plummets to the floor in super slow motion.

We feel Buzz’s defeat, but thankfully, Pixar, with their uncanny ability to make our Mrs. Nesbit and Buzzemotions turn on a dime, helps us to soon laugh again.  Buzz, sounding tipsy, tells  Woody, “One moment you’re defending the whole galaxy and suddenly you find yourself suckin’ down Darjeeling with Marie Antoinette and her little sisters.”

Darjeeling Anyone?

Why talk about quitting?  Because life gets crazy.   I want to sit and drink Darjeeling tea with others who are as funny as Buzz and Woody and commiserate about the unfairness of some of life’s obstacles.  Yeah, lately, quitting has been on my mind.   As a person who believes in going the extra mile, doing whatever it takes and never giving up, I find it hard to even entertain that thought.   Even my last job, quitting it after several years was difficult.  For some reason I felt like I should hang in there. (Now it sounds crazy…I’m clearly below the average of 10 different jobs before the age of 40 according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)   And, really, quitting sounds negative which is why it’s sometimes hard to know when quitting is actually the right thing to do and when we should persevere.

Someone to the Rescue Please!

The “Feel Like Quitting?” podcast actually turned out to be a beacon of hope.  It was filled with great advice, quotes and stories.  It was one of the signposts that led to perseverance being my word for the year.  Check out a previous blog post  “Perseverance, Princess Fiona and Prince Charming.”  This podcast came across my radar at just the right time, and it was a comfort to realize that others needed to know how to tackle this topic of quitting.

In Toy Story, thankfully, Woody is able to slap Buzz from his drunken-tea state, and after that they become the best of buddies. Buzz now has a renewed purpose.  And my rescue?  Finding inspiring speakers whose topics really hit home and who give timely and relevant advice. The Great Adventure Bible Study

Jeff Cavins does just that and  is  one of my favorite Catholic speakers.  He is responsible for the “Feel Like Quitting?” podcast.  I could listen to him all day.  I discovered him from his Great Adventure Bible Study Series  a few years back, and I have been a huge fan ever since.  Years ago I attended his “Revelation in a Day Seminar.”  My goal is to one day go through every one of the The Great Adventure Bible studies.

Feel Like Quitting?

This year Jeff Cavins launched The Jeff Cavins Show.  A Godsend!  This series is where you will find the “Feel Like Quitting?” episode.  He even provides notes to download later…in case you’re listening while driving!

Here are some of my favorite points from the “Feel Like Quitting?” episode.

  • In many cases the answer may not always be quitting; it may be persevering and walking in a tenacious way. The Lord may be giving us this assignment.  Ask Him for the tenacity to follow through.
  • Tenacity describes the personalities of people who are associated with the Kingdom of God.  We should be known as people who press on.
  • David had three mighty men who faced overwhelming odds: Josheb, Eleazar, and Shammah.  See 2 Samuel 23:8-12.  I loved learning about these warriors, and Josheb reminded me of Aragorn from Lord of the Rings.
  • And finally, I loved Jeff’s point that if we knew ahead of time what lies ahead of us, we might check out.  He believes “It’s God’s grace that we don’t know the whole story in our life and what we might be facing.”  So true…And a good quote to keep close at hand:  “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13

Need laughter?  Need Encouragement?

Toy-StoryFor laughter…grab the popcorn and watch Toy Story again. Buzz can’t fly and neither can I.  But we can learn that we can fall with style.  Eventually, like Buzz, we will find our true purpose.   On a side note:  here’s a fun fact for Catholics.  Mr. Potato Head does the sign of the cross (praying for a Mrs. Potato Head)!  I had never noticed this before.  In the commentary, they called Mr. Potato Head their Irish Catholic.

Click on photo for “Feel Like Quitting? podcast

For encouragement, listen to The Jeff Cavins Show on the Internet or through  iTunes.  Jeff reminds us if we are facing overwhelming odds and fatigue, the key is faithfulness and tenacity.  He tells us to keep going.  If the Lord gave us the assignment, it’s worth it.