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Inspiration for the Motivational: “Griffon the Brush-Off”

A lot of people remember this episode for a multitude of reasons, but when it comes to me personally…the biggest part that resonates to me isn’t one of the jokes or gags, but what happens toward the middle of the episode. When Pinkie Pie had seen the “real” Gilda and started to notice how she treats other ponies behind Rainbow Dash’s back and tries to tell Twilight Sparkle about it, her only response is that Pinkie is being jealous of her taking more of the time Rainbow Dash could be spending with her.

I’m sure most of us have been accused of something that was false before. Or perhaps, if not that extreme, of having false motives. It’s never a good thing to be accused of something that isn’t true. After all, it’s not just the damage in terms of blaming us for something that wasn’t our fault. There’s also the fact that our reputation suffers for it. How we’re viewed in the eyes of others, whether they be friends, family, and/or society itself, can be impacted. While doing something wrong might give us real guilt or shame, being accused of doing something that never happened is much worse in terms of loss of peace of mind. I don’t know about you, but I personally feel hurt, angry, and maybe even afraid.

The Bible is filled with a number of examples of false accusations. To be honest, that seems to go par-for-the-course if you plan to follow God. If you can’t be found guilty of something you actually did, the world will find a way to blame you for something you didn’t do. Joseph was falsely accused of lying with a married woman and suffered in prison for years for it. David was falsely accused of trying to rebel against King Saul and was forced to live as a fugitive. Jeremiah was falsely accused of lying about his prophecy on a bribe. And, of course, our Lord Jesus Christ was falsely accused of heresy and rebellion.

Yet in the end, all of these individuals, when faced with adversity and lies, ended up doing what Pinkie Pie did…they held on to their integrity and didn’t let it discourage them. They kept on being the same people they always were. And, just like Twilight Sparkle pointed out, eventually the truth came to light.

And what happened in the Bible? Joseph eventually became second-in-command of Egypt. David became the King of Judah and eventually the unified Israel. Jeremiah went down in history as one of the greatest of the prophets. And, of course, Jesus Christ attained the Kingdom of Heaven and the salvation of the world. None of this came easy, mind you. And because we live in an unjust world, we aren’t guaranteed that we’ll always get “rewarded for our integrity by worldly means”. But in the end, each of them made a difference for those who heeded them and for the Kingdom of God, and left an impact on history.

In regards to a person’s works and reputation, Jesus told us in Matthew 7:18, “A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.” So long as we cling to God’s word and live in obedience with His Will, the fruit of our works will come to light and testify on our behalf. And we should always remember that while there are some people in the world who will always try to find ulterior or devious motives in everything we do, the people who matter will see us by our actions for who we really are.

And let us also keep in mind when someone else’s reputation is called into question to try and recognize them by the actions they do, not simply by the words other speak about them. One definitely “speaks” louder than the other.

Suggested Prayer: “Lord God, whenever I am being slandered or lies are being spoken about me that leave me feeling discouraged, afraid, and angry, help me to cling to my integrity and to your eternal Word so that my life will always prove my accusers utterly false. And help me never to judge by rumor or heresay but always to focus on what a person actually does when looking to judge their character. Gratefully in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”