Spending a rainy afternoon with my grandson watching a marathon of Scooby-doo mysteries got me thinking about some lessons that can be drawn from the cartoon.
- Stick with your friends: Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby often have differences of opinion and have even had times where they get frustrated with each other. They have even split up for a time over their differences. Yet, when push comes to shove, they always come back together to solve the mystery. It may not be this easy in real life, but the lesson is still valid. Those who are your true friends ultimately will be ones you can count on in trouble — the ones who will stand with you in the midst of the worst situation.
- Go with your strength: Fred builds traps, Velma is a science expert, Shaggy thinks outside the box, and Daphne is sometimes the logical one. They work together using their strengths to solve the mystery. They rely on each other to contribute in the area of their expertise. In the church we should work to identify our gifting and play to our strengths also. Paul noted that if you had a gift to lead — then lead! If you are gifted to service — then serve!
Although it is merely a cartoon and the mysteries are destined to be resolved the principles hold true. We need to rely on our friends and use our gifts in harmony with others.