Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My Little Christ Like Attributes P. 4 & 1/2 (Generosity)

"It's really a RARITY when I can think of a good quote to start these off!"
-Elder Coon

Well hey! Guess who it is? It's Elder Coon again! "You didn't let me answer either!!" Correct! And guess what I didn't do this time? Knock out Elder Lopez! "Yeah, I noticed. That's an improvement I suppose." Indeed. We have, in fact, worked out an agreement so that I can post a little more liberally and in exchange, he can stop getting a mysterious involuntary nap every week.

BUT, as was mentioned in the previous post, being coordinated is not one of our strong-sui
See? Ponies can be manly!
 ts, so we both accidentally wrote posts about Rarity. "You two must really like Rarity then!" That's the weird thing! We don't! Rarity is actually one of my least favorite ponies. She's just kind of...girly. "She's a PONY." Irrelevant! Just consider this a bonus post. Luckily, Charity is a big subject, so I'm going to focus on a different angle than Elder Lopez. On to the analogyzing!

So remember when I made that post about hope and there was that time all the ponies were in that scary forest? "Yeah, with those evil trees and that freaky manticore thing?" Yeah that time. Well there was another creature they had to contend with on that journey: a Sea Serpent. And he was MAD. Nightmare Moon, the despicable fiend, and done the unthinkable to this Sea Serpent. That dastardly, detestable, devilish sovereign of the night....messed with his facial hair.

"...What?" She tore his mustache off! You should know that a man's facial hair contains like, 80% of his pride. So if someone robs you of half your mustache, that's like 40% of you self confidence just gone! Imagine you had a beard you'd been working on growing for months, and one day you woke up and found someone shaved half of it off. Wouldn't you be a little upset? "No, I'd be MAD. You do NOT mess with a man's beard!" Exactly!

Be honest, you can't even tell!
So, the band of ponies come to a river and find this enraged Sea Serpent thrashing in the water. They eventually determine the source of the anger, the missing mustache half. Rarity, the girliest, frou-frouest, fashiony-est pony of them all, immediately grabs a sharp object and without a second thought, chops off her beautiful tail. "Well that's rather gruesome!" Okay, she chops off the hair of her tail. Now understand this. Rarity takes great care in her appearance. She really loves that tail. Yet she sacrifices it, gives it to this troubled Sea Serpent, and uses it to fix his mustache.

This is the meaning of Generosity! It is, in a word: sacrifice. It's giving up something you love to someone who needs it more. And in the end, you'll be rewarded for your sacrifice! "So in the end it'll all be balanced out?" Nope! That's the best part! Whatever you sacrifice here in this life, it is guaranteed that your reward in heaven will be greater. "So it's not really a sacrifice after all. It's more like an investment!"

Yes, but sometimes things God asks us to sacrifice are hard to give up. Sometimes he asks us to give up things we enjoy, for example: money, fame, a not-so-good TV show, etc. Sometimes he asks us to give up things we think we need, like a job, friends, or the internet. And sometimes he asks us to give up EVERYTHING. "No he doesn't!" He does! "Name one instance." Challenge accepted!

There once was a young man who was quite wealthy. He had heard of the Savior Jesus Christ, and sought him out to ask him what he needed to do to be saved. Jesus gave the typical answers: obey the commandments. The young man replied that he had kept the commandments from his youth. Then, in Mark 10:21, it says: 

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

"Man, that's rough!" Eeyup. And this young man just couldn't bring himself to do it. He thought that he needed what he had, or that he couldn't live without it. Luckily, God knows better than us. He never asks us to do something beyond our capabilities. And whatever he asks us to give up is actually weighing us down. Now that I think about it, Rarity can teach us another lesson about that. 

So usually Rarity represents the Element of Generosity, right? "Sure, whatever you say, cap'n..." I prefer the title 'Elder' or 'Commander', but anyways, there was this time where Rarity was BRAINWASHED by non other than the very incarnation of chaos, Discord! Discord went around twisting each of the elements into their opposites, so Rarity ended up being greedy instead of generous. Furthermore, Rarity was brainwashed into thinking that a huge boulder is a gigantic diamond, which she dubs Tom. "Tom?" Yeah, she wasn't in the finest mental state at the time.


What we see.
So Rarity INSISTS on dragging around this boulder, because she believes it to be priceless. Nopony can convince her to leave it behind, so she lugs around this huge weight on her shoulders for nearly 2 episodes. "You know an episode isn't a real measure of time, right?" FOR A LONG TIME. Geez.

The point is, it would've been much easier for Rarity if she had trusted when someone told her to let it go. "You better not start singing that song." Don't worry, there'll be none of that here. But when God tells you to give something up, just trust Him, and do it.
What Rarity sees.

Thus concludes my teachings on Generosity, which is a small part of Charity. We could pull several more posts out on the subject of Charity, and I'm sure we will in the future, but for now, this post is really long.     So we'll do that later! 

I'd like to thank you for reading two blogs about a pony you may not care for much. "Well, the other post wasn't really about Rarity. In fact, the only place he mentioned her name was in the opening quote. Which was still better than your quote." This is true on both accounts. But thanks anyways! Excelsior!

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