Remember Gumby, that little green clay character who looked like a thick piece of gum and who could stretch and bend every which way? His sidekick, a worthy horse named Pokey would help him along through life’s challenges. Gumby had a lasting quality that kept him on the TV screens for over two hundred episodes from the mid 1950’s to the 1990’s and he’s a pretty good example of how we can succeed today.
Here are a few of Gumby’s lasting qualities: (One) He was simple. Unlike so many complex characters today, Gumby showed us that it’s okay to work with what you were given in life and to impact the world without compromising personal integrity.
(Two)He respected his friends. His best friend, Pokey was his pal and confident and Gumby never felt a need to change him to impress anyone else. I’m not sure if Pokey earned his name because he wasn’t inclined to be pushed into the rat race, but I’m sure he has some good stuff to teach us.
(Three) Gumby was willing to bend when necessary and reshape himself to make something work. He never let his limitations become excuses for not getting his goal accomplished. He was always very flexible and adapted to change pretty quickly. For those of us who fear change, a little more Gumby spirit might serve us very well.
(Four) He was totally resilient. He found a new way to get back up no matter how many times he was pounded down, turned back into a ball of clay and reshaped. He was putty in the hands of his creator.
For these reasons and others we could likely come up with, Gumby is a good example of believing in ourselves, believing that no matter how many times we feel down, we can get back up again. Gumby didn’t have a failure attitude because he always had to seek a way around, over, or through a tough situation. He only had a try again mind set.
Many of us are facing tough situations financially, spiritually, or health wise. Some of us feel depleted by life, let down by years of trial and error, unfulfilled by our work, or lonely for love. Even though we may be temporarily pounded down into a piece of clay, we’re still there, ready to be molded into a new direction, putty in the hands of our Creator who sees us whole and beautiful, successful, and victorious.
So let’s get out there and show the world what we’re made of. Let’s give God the green light to make us more flexible, bend our thinking where it needs to be reshaped, raise our arms when we need to remember to praise Him, and give us strength to carry on no matter how thin we’re stretched. After all, it’s not the work of the putty to determine what it should become…it’s the work of the Creator! Your Creator started a great work in you and He’s watching you, working with you, standing beside you every day to see where you have grown and how else He can help you.
There’s a little Gumby in all of us, but our Creator is the same yesterday and today and He never changes. His intent from the beginning was for our good and it still is. If you need a reminder, latch on to Jeremiah 29:11 one more time. “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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
Doesn’t that just melt your heart? Be putty in His hands. He’ll reshape you and supply all that you need so you can grow, and you can bend without breaking. That’s my prayer for all of us today. Amen