My sister and I love Sakamoto desu ga? It falls right in line with our type of humor. But in between all the laughs and absurdity, lies many important messages. I’ve read some articles by fellow bloggers who have found Godly lessons in this anime. This show has the same setting and situations that a lot of viewers identify with – high school, awkwardness, high expectations, etc… the perfect formatting for a moral story that will hit home!
It’s quite obvious that Sakamoto is “perfect.” The show is hilarious because he lives in a world outside of natural expectations. But what about for the rest of us who have to live in the real world, where tests exist, and grades ring loud, and pimples rob us of our self esteem? Everyone else lives in this bubble, where there are standards and expectations that don’t take into account the individual person what so ever.
The Bible says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) Just like Sakamoto! And just like Yoshinobu! But each of us and wonderful in our own way, we are all so complex with different talents, thoughts, and feelings. And yet, we are all held up against the same measuring stick.
This measuring stick makes me angry. It’s caused me a lot of pain over the years. I know this is incredibly more so in Japanese high schools, but the pressure put upon my peers in school is ridiculous. This measuring stick, the one that puts the pressure on students was created by the world, and to me, it is a false concept.
But, there is another measuring stick – the one that really counts. God knows what we are capable of, because he made us. He gave us talents and a life mission. And apparently this tricky measuring stick wants all students to know this life calling at the same time!
(sigh… calming down, collecting thoughts.)
God knows our heart and out attitude, sometimes (most of the time) better then we do. God knows when we do our best, and that makes him happy. Our best is reaching the very top of our own personal measuring stick. Doing our best means that we can’t get any better, we have acted as Sakamoto in our personal circumstances. If people could think about trying to be their own Sakamoto instead of the world’s Sakamoto, people would feel a lot better about themselves.
Now of course, there will always be people in our lives that are better, prettier, smarter, and that will make us uncomfortable. There will always be some sort of worldly ridiculously wonderful Sakamoto wherever we are in the world, and that’s just life. But, we shouldn’t be looking for affirmation only from the measuring stick of the world. Just as a little kid wants his father to tell him “good job!” after he does something he is proud of, so we want to know that our heavenly father is proud of us.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
So do the very best you can in all you do. Work not for the world, but for the Father. Be the very best person you can be. And if this is who God created you to be…
Then be classy my friend.
1 Corinthians 10:31
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”