Following on from my Marvel Universe Family Tree series I decided to continue the idea and expand it into other areas of pop culture. As a huge Star Wars fan, and with the news that a new series of films were to be made, it seemed like the only option.
The characters are limited purely to the film and canonical TV series’ (sorry Mara Jade fans - although I’m not ruling out the possibility of drawing up an extended universe version at some point).
Click here to view the full thing on my portfolio site, where you can also download a whole bunch of iPhone wallpapers featuring some of the most popular characters for the price of a tweet.
I am filled with remorse. I am unfit to serve Someone so holy. I am broken inside, and an absolute failure. I choose daily to limit myself by not allowing your Spirit to fill me. My heart is heavy. I am unworthy. I have let you down. I am not heeding your discipline and it is tearing me up inside. Why is it so hard for me to find freedom? I am a slave to humanity - to sin. Sometimes I can’t stand myself; I hate the person I’ve become, the person I continue to allow myself to be. My Lord, when will I be free?
I am filled with joy. I am unfit to serve Someone so holy; I am broken inside, yet I am a success of Your making. I choose daily to seek you by allowing your Spirit to fill me where I am empty. My heart is light for I am worthy. I have let you down, yet you love and discipline me in ways that build me up inside. Though I struggle as a slave to sin, in you I am released from my chains. Sometimes I can’t stand myself, but then You remind me I am your creation and I love the person You made me. My Lord, never let me forget - in You, I am free.
The first and the last ones are the only ones with curtains on the sides. That makes it seem like it’s a play, opening its curtains at the beginning and closing them at the end.
I like how Dumbledore, Ron, Hermione and Ginny had two appearances each on the covers
Some times (usually while driving) I contemplate how difficult life really is. Beyond all the things we busy ourselves with, beyond the to-do lists, and meetings, and jobs, and consumerism - beyond all that there is a balancing act involved in personal maintenance, of what I like to call “health of self”.
From my personal observations there are four areas of life we are constantly struggling to juggle and keep healthy: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. Seemingly simple categories, with depth that is sometimes unfathomable.
Just a quick glimpse of each…
Physical - Am I eating right? Am I getting enough sleep? Am I working out? Am I taking care of my body? Do I rest when it is needed? Am I building strength and maintaining my physical health?
Emotional - Do have a place to vent about my feelings? Do I understand my feelings? What are feelings? Do I experience love? Do I love others? What about hate? What about everything in between? What do things hurt so badly?
Mental - Am I challenging myself to learn? Do I know what I need to in order to be successful? Where is my knowledge lacking? How do I process information?
Spiritual - Am I at peace with my calling in life? Who is God? Am I living for something I believe in? Am I in tune with my personal beliefs? Or do I lean on the beliefs of others and make them my own?
Those are some hard hitting questions. And we are asked as humans to deal with all those CONSTANTLY? While “living our lives”, doing our professions, accomplishing tasks, raising children, finding a mate, shopping for groceries, driving from point A to point B? Seems like a daunting, impossible task.
I don’t really have any advice for you… I was just noticing how much we really go through and how ironic it is that everyone tries to pretend they have it all together. I call BS on anyone who says they have everything under control in life - there is too much to handle alone.Perhaps this leads into a need for something more, or Someone more.
Life is just one big crazy balancing act, that’s all.
I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). I will never doubt my purpose or where God has placed me; I will seek to serve him where I am NOT where I want to be. I am God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for me (Ephesians 2:10). Whatever I do, I will work at it with all my heart, as if working for the Lord, not for men (Colossians 3:23). I will serve the Lord wholeheartedly, in my life and my family (Joshua 24:15). I will take the things God has given, whether few or many, and use them for His Purpose in hope that I will one day be called his good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:23).
This is my calling.