Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Life Lessons from Harry Potter- Part 1

I started reading the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling about a month and a half ago. I’m honestly blown away by how good they are and how much insight is spread throughout the pages of these books. There are so many amazing angles and themes throughout this story. I really feel like anyone who criticized these books has probably not taken the time to read them and decide for themselves what the true issues are surrounding this series.

I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes from the books. There is so much truth oozing from these words. Although these concepts are not unknown to me, I think it’s very reassuring to find these little gems of wisdom among the pages of a hugely popular series of books.

Choices- (all of these are spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore)

“It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” These words are so true! This line appears when Harry is dealing with a deep internal struggle that caused him to question his true loyalties, his own character, and his future. This truth applies to everyone, young and old, though. Regardless of our grades, salaries, or bank accounts, our choices speak volumes of who we are and where we are going in our lives. This reality is often much more obvious in hindsight, though.

“The consequences of our actions are so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.” How different would our world be if we considered the consequences of our choices before acting?

“Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” It could be said for all of us that some type of dark and difficult times are in our futures. It’s part of life. However, some people don’t know how to cope when these times come. They don’t cling to God when they see dark things on the horizon. They run from Him and question His amazing love for us. I guess it can be harder to trust Him when things don’t make sense and it’s just easier to bail out, but the fact that it’s easier to run away doesn’t make it right. We will all have a wilderness experience of some sort, but the defining moment will be how we face it.

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