Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart
I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.
After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.
They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that it is never the woman’s fault in domestic violence, and how wrong to think that it ever is. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked “Do you want a hug?”
Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.
Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute roll model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart. I want to let everyone know to please find help if you are in a violent or abusive house hold or relationship. There are organizations and people ready to help. I had countless people after the panel thanking me for sharing the story and asking him those questions. Many said they went through similar things. You are not alone.
^ Here is the video of my question to Sir Patrick Stewart
Photos by Eugene Lee, Thank you
Sir Patrick Stewart would deserve the title even if he hadn’t been knighted. This is what a real man looks like.
Challenging words from 19 year old me
I was browsing a forum I used to frequent and came across a post that I made in 2000 when I was 19 years old. Honestly, reading this kicked my butt. I am proud that I was so passionate and heartfelt at 19, and ashamed that some of that fire had gone out in me. Today I am praying that the passion I had back then can be renewed in me and I can follow the example of my younger self.
"In response to this challenge about how to energize adults when it comes to Sunday school, I automatically thought of a movement among many teens and young adults that has led to significant spiritual growth for me personally. It is called the Warrior Movement. It is based on several simple realizations that get over-looked. Then again, many great revivals were started because people realized simple things they overlooked. If the adults in your corps could follow these simple steps, combine them with a zealous passion for holy living and the saving of lost souls, and you would be amazed how energized and revitalized they would become.
The first step is simple, you remove all of the religion out of your walk with Christ. To often we get caught up in religion and following a particular set of rules without a uncompromising commitment to Christ. We need to remember Christianity is a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We need to follow the commandments laid down in the bible because of our devotion to God and because we want nothing else but to do whatever is pleasing to Him. After that is taken care of, the real work begins.
The second step is that we pray furiously. We need to remember how incredibly powerful God is. He can move mountains, but we ask for full pews. He can create galaxies, but we ask for a nice pot luck. Early Christians could heal people of anything, they could cast out demons, they could do almost anything because they knew that God had the power and it was at their disposal, as long as they believed. We could do the same but we lack the faith. We need to believe that God can do anything, not just say it. After we believe that, we can do anything through prayer because we know God can do it and will do it.
The third step is that we need to train with our “weapons.” Prayer, fasting, meditating on the word, journaling, etc. all of these things strengthen us and we become better equipped to engage in spiritual warfare. Now I do realize that this is where the real challenge comes in because we do not feel we have the time or discipline to do something like that. And that is the basis of this challenge. I am reminded of what Chris Curry said about “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire.” There are books that grip us and even people that don’t like to read will go through them cover to cover. Why can’t the bible be the same way? I use the New Living translation of the bible, and I find that there are many parts of the word that I get caught up in and I end up reading ten times more than I planned on. If the bible is viewed as something to be enjoyed and not as a ritualistic chore, it becomes a joy to read. And when it comes to prayer and fasting, that is also a relatively simple thing. I work on a computer all day, and what I do doesn’t require a lot of thought. So I tend to pray while I’m working. My work gets done and I can communicate with the father at the same time. And as far as fasting goes, how many times do we skip breakfast, or work through lunch? If we think about it, many people miss meals all the time. Why not purposely do it as a fast? These are really simple ways to grow stronger in your walk when you feel you don’t have time or discipline.
The fourth and final step is that we need to return to the primitive aspects of Christianity, to go into Tribal Warrior mode if you will. In our society of privilege and extravagance, we lose sight of the fact that spiritual warfare is a very primal thing. There are no smart bombs, tanks, global positioning satellites, and spy planes. We face an enemy that is fueled by the most primal emotion, hatred. Satan hates the Father and he hates Christians because we have conquered him through Christ. We need to remember that this is hand to hand combat. There are no long range weapons, we use the sword of the spirit directly to fight the sword of deception and evil that Satan uses. When we buy into the lie that there are those people that are called to fight and those that can get buy without fighting, Satan has won.
As a young adult, I am amazed that other people, many of which accepted Christ before I was born, aren’t following these same steps. I guarantee that these simple steps along with the passion for Christ that all believers should have will not only energize adults attitudes towards Christian Education, but it will energize them in every aspect of their lives.”