07 April 2014

Guest Post: 'What Hobbits Teach Us, Part 1'

by Anne Marie Gazzolo

Hobbits appear unlikely heroes, but God uses improbable people at times to fulfill a role that He specially designed for them. As is said of David in the Bible, “the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7, NRSV). This fits the five hobbit heroes we encounter in the Red Book. I wish to explore in this essay the lessons we can learn from the “chosen and selected” Bilbo (Hobbit 21).

Bilbo has to overcome the fears of his Baggins side in order to embrace the adventure that awaits him. As I spoke of in my previous post “Tookish Dreams,” sometimes we have the same struggle he does. The Took in us wants to pursue dreams, and the Baggins part wants to stay safe and conventional. Too often we heed the negative thinking that convinces us that we do not have the time, money, energy, or opportunity to make our desires come true. We must not abandon our true responsibilities, of course, but would it not be better if we could fulfill them in a way that fed our soul and not just our pocketbook and got us excited about going to work rather than dreading the drudgery?