Facing Our El Guapos and Other Fears
written by David Scott
(excerpt from Devotions for Guys Who Like Movies)
2 Timothy 1:7-8 (NIV)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.
“In a way, all of us have an El Guapo to face someday. For some, shyness might be their El Guapo. For others, a lack of education might be their El Guapo. For us, El Guapo is a big, dangerous guy who wants to kill us. But as sure as my name is Lucky Day, the people of Santa Poco can conquer their own personal El Guapo who also happens to be the actual El Guapo.”
Those are the words Lucky Day (Steve Martin) used to challenge and inspire the village of Santa Poco to face its fear and defend itself against the fierce bandit, El Guapo. Ultimately, the Amigos convinced Santo Poco to defend itself with the resources and abilities it possessed.
The Apostle Paul reminded a young pastor, Timothy, who was facing opposition, that there were resources available to him that would enable him to face his fears. The Holy Spirit was available to Timothy to help him overcome any fear that might keep him from being effective for the Father. The same resource that was available to Timothy is available to us.
As we seek to serve God, we can count on the Holy Spirit to help us overcome fears when others oppose us. Santo Poco used its resources to face its El Guapo. Just as Timothy used the resource of the Holy Spirit to face his fears, we can too.
Here is a video clip of that scene from the movie:
this devotional taken from Devotions for Guys Who Like Movies