the other day i found a movie i hadn’t seen in a while. it’s one of my favorite stories. it’s one of my heroes. it’s about a guy who becomes an outlaw. he is hunted by the government he believes to be corrupt. he becomes a thief. he kills wrongdoers along the way. he gives the people power to rise up and fight for hope.
that’s right. robin hood. i like the cartoon with the fox. i like the old errol flynn. i like kevin costner. i was skeptical, but really enjoy the new russell crowe telling. i even like men in tights (the movie. not actual men wearing tights).
i also remembered a quote from another movie.
A toast? Yeah. To high treason. That’s what these men were committing when they signed the Declaration. Had we lost the war, they would have been hanged, beheaded, drawn and quartered, and-Oh! Oh, my personal favorite-and had their entrails cut out and burned!
– ben gates, National Treasure
what would have happened if robin hood hadn’t won? he’d have been remembered as a villain (after all the winners are the ones who have written history).
in my journey to find life in the stories of the bible and seeking new application, i’ve begun to really examine the characters. not just the heroes or main characters. often the passers-by and the nameless.
since i was a kid, i’ve wondered why did the crowds in the bible do what they did. why did the masses act these ways. as i focused on the passion and preparing myself for easter, i started asking why the mob turned on jesus. why did they want barabbas? or rather why were they willing to ask for his freedom over jesus’s. he was a theif, a murderer and a rebel. why on earth?
i’ve heard people state mob psychology and how the jewish leaders could have spread out in the crowd to try and motivate the others. but, this still is a huge shift from common logic. people don’t just shift this easily.
i started a comparison to figure out why they were willing to free barabbas. i decided to forget everything i “knew.” i put myself in the situation and pondered it for days.
i realized barabbas prolly looked like all other prisoners did. i remember one time looking at the felt people in sunday school and thinking barabbas and john the baptist looked a lot alike. maybe he wasn’t typical sinister grizzly guy i’ve always seen him portrayed (as in The Passion). maybe they were all dirty.
the study notes in the ESV bible say there were several bandits that would take from the roman government they believed to be corrupt. they would bring the treasures back to the jewish community. these bandits would get people together and rial them up and give them power against the government.
i now wonder if barabbas was seen as a dirty criminal. maybe he was a hero among commoners. maybe he was their robin hood. all the sudden, if i’m in their shoes, the decision is a bit more convoluded.
“Information is powerful. But it is how we use it that will define us.”
Dairy MAX, a non-profit affiliated with the National Dairy Council and representing the dairy farmers of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and southwest Kansas, needed a new face to represent them. They wanted a top-notch illustration and didn’t have much time.
This is when I was contacted. I was given direction and started sketches. After a couple round of revisions, I am proud to introduce Dan the Dairyman.
after returning to the states, we finally settled down. this means purging the storage unit. it was a lot like christmas…only it was regifted stuff back to ourselves.
this presented a small problem. it actually became a large problem in our family. z is bookish. before we left she sold a LOT of books to 1/2 price books. i won’t tell you how much she made…but, if you’ve ever sold them books, your jaw would drop.
so, we have the remainder books. the ones that made the cut.
now we need a place to
store display these. budget $0. i was given a deadline and the instructions “something that holds books.”
when you are poor, everything seems so much more valuable. when the guy down the street leaves an old rusty toolbox out for the trash, you ask him if you can have it. when you drive past a house that is remodeling, you look at the old doors and say, “wow, those are nice!”
trash can be very impressive.
at work we had hundreds of pallets we couldn’t get rid of.
so, one evening i borrowed my sister-in-law’s truck and claimed a couple.
after some planning, a bit of sweat and some sanding…
i turned my $0 budget into “something that holds books.”
well, i’m pretty stoked with how they turned out!
there are 3 for now .i might make a couple more…we’ll see.
lemme know what you think!