06 September 2018
We Can Be Heroes ~ Origin Stories
Greetings Dear Reader,
“Everyone is from somewhere, even if you’ve never been there.” We start out the lives of our comic book heroes with an origin story. The stories are often tragic. The hero is often orphaned or abandoned. Something terrible happens in his or her life that brings on a moment of crisis and then transformation.
From the ashes of tragedy and loss rise those who choose to be better than the circumstances around them. There is a day when we decide what we will be and on which side of things we will land. We decide to be hidden or we decide to live up to our calling. We draw on our origin as part of the choosing process.
For too long we often let that origin define us. We allow where we began to determine where we are going. The tragedy, loss, and pains of our former years keep filling up our future, hindering us from becoming what we can become. We fail to let the past be prologue. We forget that we decide what today will be for us.
The origin story matters but it does not determine. It does not have any power not given it by us. Even the worst of us can embrace today as an opportunity to be better, to be what we are destined to be as Christ followers.
When Uncle Ben is killed because Peter Parker did not stop the bandit when he could we see the causality that gives us Spiderman. Out of his failure rises a hero because he makes the choice to be different. I must own my failures and make today different. I must embrace that my origin must not determine my destiny. Fortunately for me, the hero I follow neither falls nor fails.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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