On Being Me, and Where I See Me in Movies

Hey Everyone

So welcome to my new blog site.  Those of you who have been reading “Jesus, The Church, and the Coming Kingdom” may be wondering why I have another blog.  There’s been a few things going on lately that have convinced me about the need to be me.  I’ve been reading blogs by Marc van der Woude and Patricia King and I’ve found myself incredibly jealous in the process.  These two, at least more than anyone else I’ve seen lately, have began to journal about a journey in God without loosing their personality.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was wathcing “Akeelah and the Bee” with my wife on date night.  I have heard Nelson Mandella’s famous speach before, but it hit me again when I saw “Akeelah” last night.  When we enjoy who we were created to be, because and only because God made us to enjoy Him and to enjoy being us, that makes us powerful.  When we live in the pleasure that the Father has for us as His children, that takes away everyone else’s ability to define us.  No one else can take away my joy.  And in that same place, we free others to be everything God created them to be.  And that is powerful.

It got me thinking about another movie I saw lately.  This one wasn’t as widely enjoyed and it didn’t break the box office, but I saw myself in it.  As silly as it sounds, the movie is “Over the Hedge.”  Where was I in the movie?  I was Verne, the ever-careful, always planning, nervous father of this scruffy little band of outcasts.  He’s the turtle in the picture.  Yeah, I’m Verne.  And even as I write this I’m just enjoying that fact a little bit.  If you want some insight into the character of Travis, catch the flick.

So, anyways, this journal will be about the journey that is Travis.  There won’t be a lot of deep posts about the end of the age, but their might be some stories about what it looks like as I prepare for it.  Some will be funny, others heartbreaking, some spiritual, some day to day, but all of them true and authentically Travis.  I hope you enjoy–and I hope it encourages you to enjoy the journey of fully enjoying God.

Love y’all


About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

2 responses to “On Being Me, and Where I See Me in Movies”

  1. Sean says :

    This is really good. Glad to read some stuff from you again. We all need the reminder that it’s okay to be us and that we have value. Love you

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