Two weeks from now will mark the end of a cinematic era. I've got my tickets and I might end up buying tissues. Just in case.
Having read The Hobbit, seen all of the Lord of the Rings films, and started on the Two Towers recently, it's kind of sad to see things come to an end. J.R.R. Tolkien's stories are not only magical, but they provide us with valuable insight on who we can become and how we can face life when it's hard. Not only that, but they teach a thing or two that reaffirm (to me) the importance of faith, reliance on God, and hope.
So, in honor of the sixth and final Tolkien-based film (may it be AWESOME), here are six gospel lessons we can all learn from The Hobbit films:
1. Man (or dwarf) looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
From the beginning, it's easy to cheer for Bilbo. He's the underdog, the guy that no one has faith in and that everyone judges for his size and lack of experience. Bilbo does not have the battle history of the dwarves, nor their wealth. He comes from a corner of Middle-earth that few know exist.
The Lord looks at us in the same way.