Cooler Than McGyver: A Post About Hope

By November 30, 2010Get Inspired

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Did you ever watch the show McGyver?

The basic premise was that McGyver was a cool, regular guy who also happened to be a science, math, engineering, all-around genius and went on missions to rescue people.

In every show you could always count on the fact that the person he was rescuing would do something dumb, think they knew better than Mac and forge out on their own. Then they’d get trapped with nothing to rescue them.

But McGyver always figured a way out
. Even if he only had a stick of chewing gum, a pop tart, a ziploc bag and his trusty Swiss Army knife, he made a cell phone, a car or a boat out of it. Somehow.

I remember thinking, as a kid, that if I was ever in a crazy situation with McGyver, I’d just stick close to him. Clearly these other goofballs didn’t know who he was and the incredible things he has done.


Thanks for the trip to the 1980’s, Kat, but what does that have to do with me?

I don’t know where you are in your life. Maybe you’re exhausted and overwhelmed. Or maybe you’re sad. Maybe you’re disappointed. Or maybe you’re living with the remnants of a broken life.

If you feel trapped, if you feel like you have nothing to offer and no hope…

God is way cooler than McGyver.

You are never too far gone for Him. You never have too little to offer.

He can take the smallest scraps of your life and create something more amazing than you could ever ask or imagine.

He’s done it before.

He took a little boys’ measly lunch and fed 5,000. He turned a corpse into a living, breathing miracle. He molded nothing into a incomprehensible universe.

He is the Master of creating beauty from ashes.

You don’t just have Hope. He has you…

Take Action

If you haven’t given Him 5 minutes of your attention today, will you do that right now? Thank Him. Read His words. (Maybe these?) Ask to be a part of the wondrous things He wants to do today in the lives of those you love.

Just 5 minutes. You’ll be amazed at the big things He can do with something so small.

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  • Avatar Jenn says:

    Yay! I LOVE McGyver! Nothing better than a devotional with a little 80’s pop culture mixed in 😉 That was a great analogy. God really is cooler than McGyver!

  • Avatar Danielle says:

    Hi Kat,
    Thank you so much for this post today. My SIL was recently diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. She is young mother and is pregnant again. God is with us! Thanks again for the reminder.


    • Avatar Kat says:

      Oh, my…I will be praying for your sister in law and your family. Did you see the song I posted last Monday? It’s called A Thousand Things by Christa Wells, it might be an encouragement as well…

    • Avatar Danielle says:

      That song, “A Thousand Things” has been running through my mind since we found out. I love the message and am constantly encouraged by it – that and JJ Heller’s “His Hands”. I hadn’t heard of either of these ladies before you posted about them. Thank you for letting God use you to encourage us. A thousand things are happening, aren’t they.

  • Avatar Valerie says:

    I think this may be your most encouraging post yet. Thank you SO MUCH for using your gift to keep passing out those torches!

  • Avatar Phyllis says:

    I love this! My children gave me a DVD of one of the McGyver seasons for my birthday and I enjoyed every minute.

    Would you mind if I link to this post from my website?

  • Avatar Crystal says:

    Wow! Who knew Mcgyver could be such a beautiful reminder of who God is for us! Thank you for reminding me of this simple but needed truth this morning.

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  • Avatar Natalie says:

    You are a blessing and an encouragement to me! This post and the recent quotes you’ve put on FB have been what I’ve needed to remember. Thank you!

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  • Avatar Karla says:

    Thank you for this post, having just lost my mother it spoke to me tremendously.

  • Avatar Abbie says:

    Okay that’s really funny. Yes, and all I can think about is those crazy dry bones that he brought to life! That’s the ultimate one for me. Good combo of humor and depth.

  • Avatar Merrilee says:

    Thanks for the reminder to take 5 minutes. I went & did it even with the busy-ness of the day/my children around me.

    Thanks for the McGyver walk down memory lane. My brother & I both watched & loved that show as kids. It was a reminder to pray for him as well that he would learn to see God as cooler than McGyver. 🙂