It’s a great day for something that will make us SMILE!
I thought the wit and wisdom of The Peanuts Gang might make for a fun and positive post today.
The Wit & Wisdom of The Peanuts Gang
Just a bit of information about their creator, Charles Schultz:
“Schulz’s understated genius lay in his ability to keep his well-known and comfortable characters fresh enough to attract new readers while keeping his current audience coming back for more. His humor was at times observational, wry, sarcastic, nostalgic, bittersweet, silly, and melancholy, with occasional flights of fancy and suspension of reality thrown in from time to time. When Schulz announced his retirement in December 1999, the Peanuts comic strip was syndicated in over 2,600 newspapers worldwide, with book collections translated into over 25 languages.
He has been awarded the highest honors from his fellow cartoonists, received Emmy Awards for his animated specials, been recognized and lauded by the U.S. and foreign governments, had NASA spacecraft named after his characters, and inspired a concert performance at Carnegie Hall. And still today, the Peanuts Gang continues to entertain and inspire the young and the young at heart.” (https://schulzmuseum.org/about-the-man/schulz-biography/)
Although there has been some debate about Schultz’s faith and beliefs, his work carries some amazing spiritual undertones.
In “A Charlie Brown Christmas” book and movie, the entire Christmas story is read from Luke 2 in the Bible.
I thought it might be fun to take some of his cartoons and give them more obvious and intentional spiritual significance.
So, here are some cartoons and great words of scripture to encourage you:
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32, NLT)
“So we’re not giving up. How could we!
Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making a new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.
These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye.
The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18, MSG)
‘Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?”‘ (Matthew 6:25-32, NIV)
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and go
both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:1-8, NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NLT)
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!” (Psalm 139:13-18)
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 2:3-5)
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,” (Romans 15:5)
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
“We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit.
We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall.” (Hebrews 12:1, ERV)
“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;” (1 Peter 3:8, NKJV)
And, a few Peanuts just for fun (although you may have a great verse to suggest for each of these):
(I remember that the saddest day of school was when they made us cut the answers out of the back of our math books!!)
So, what did you think?
Could you imagine that some of those Bible verses (or the principles from them) led to some of those cartoons??
It is possible.
Did you think of some other great verses that could have been added to one of more of the cartoons? (I’d love to hear your ideas.)
My prayer is that you and I will remember to ALWAYS be on the lookout for encouraging words from heaven.
They can come in the form of music, teachers, mail or email, a preacher, the radio, a good word from a friend, a sign on a marquee or maybe even from a cartoon.
I close with some great words from one of my favorite authors/teachers – Henry Blackaby:
“Whether you see Him at work is irrelevant to the fact of God’s presence in our world.”
~ Images in this post are from Pinterest and listed in order by link:
- Image 1 – Photo made on Canva.com.
- Photo of Schultz – ttps://schulzmuseum.org/about-the-man/schulz-biography/
- Image 3 – Found on taolifestudio.com
- Next, Image 4 – http://www.freecomputerdesktopwallpaper.com/wcartoonsfive.shtml
- Image 5 – Found on amazon.com
- Image 6 – http://www.bills.com/quotes/
- Also, Image 7 – Found on facebook.com
- Image 8 – Found on northwind.hubpages.com
- Image 9 – Found on facebook.com
- And, Image 10 – Found on collectpeanuts.com
- Image 11 – https://www.pinterest.com/Marthahelmut/
- Image 12 – Found on collectpeanuts.com
- Also, Image 13 – Found on happyplace.someecards.com
- Image 14 – Found on honorrollsupply.com
- Also, Image 15 – Found on art.com
- Image 16 – Found on Facebook
- Image 17 – Found on edutech4teachers.edublogs.org
- Next, Image 18 – Found on collectpeanuts.com
- Image 19 – Found on collectpeanuts.com
- Image 20 – Found on indulgy.com
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