hen Matt, my oldest son, was small enough to climb onto my lap, he would sit for hours and let me read to him. His imagination was vivid. He would much rather I read to him than watch “boring” old television. I would often come home and there he would be, book and blanket in hand, ready to transport ourselves into another world. Weekends were the best. We could sit and read for hours.
Perhaps our favorite book was The Never Ending Story by Michael Ende. The story captivated us as we walked beside Bastian, Atreyu, and Falkor (the Luck-Dragon) on a fascinating and perilous journey to save the Childlike Empress. All the while a very large and scary wolf named Gmork tried to stop us. Gmork, you see, was helping “The Nothing” destroy the world of Fantasia and Matt and I, along with Bastian, Atreyu, and Falkor, were the only hope. (All non-fiction readers are rolling their eyes right now.)
The story is rich with symbolism and meaning. In one poignant scene, Atreyu, the warrior, must face his true self and look into the “Magic Mirror Gate.” Falcor exclaims, “That won’t be too hard for him.” But the wise caretaker responds, “Oh, that’s what everyone thinks! But kind people find out they are cruel. Brave men discover that they are really cowards! Confronted by their true selves, most men run away screaming!”
Have you ever confronted your “true-self?” If so, you no doubt have discovered the caretaker is right. Our “true-selves” are not very pretty. The Apostle Paul was even more blunt when he said, “You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world” (see Ephesians 2: 2-3 NLT). Paul goes on to explain we’re all like that “following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature.”
an there be a better way to begin a new statement? “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!” (Ephesians 2:4-5). Now we can look into the “Magic Mirror Gate” and instead of running away screaming, see the reflection of Jesus. What amazing good news!
This is why you invest your time and resources into a ministry like LOGOI. Like me, you understand what God in his love and grace has done for you and how precious that gift truly is. And that kind of joy and gratitude simply must be shared.
So I have a fun project for you. You can even think of it as a Valentine gift—one that will last a lot longer than flowers or candy. You may recall our talking about the book, “Monkeys in My Coconut Tree.” It’s a compilation of fun, easy-to-read stories of family and faith and fun. An Ebook version is waiting for you to download absolutely free. Just go to http://info.logoi.org/monkeys_coconut_tree-0 to download an E-Book or a PDF file.
What we’re hoping is that you will order the printed book at $12 each (plus shipping) for yourself and to give to a family member or friend as a way to introduce them to LOGOI. You can write a note that says something like, “I thought you might enjoy this book. It’s written by the guy who runs a ministry we support.” Inside the book we’ll include a little card that says, “Learn what God can do with just five of your little dollars. Check out fivedollarmission.com.” How great it will be to see what God does with this simple yet proactive step and help from you. Just CLICK HERE to go to the book in Resources. Login (if you haven’t already) and click the purchase button. You are on your way!
Matt is much too big to sit on my lap anymore. Sometimes he tries, but we end up laughing so hard, tears run down our legs. He’s married now and looking forward to the day when his son or daughter climbs into his lap so he can read to them stories of King David and Noah and Jesus. Chances are good he’ll even tell them about the “Magic Mirror Gate.”
Thank you in advance for your help with this special book project.