You are the hero of your story. We don’t always feel this way, but it’s true. Often, we are fearful that we are not worthy or do not have what it takes to play an important role. Sometimes, in response, we will hide, terrified that someone will find us out or on the other end of things, we strut around with our chest out like rooster, comically portraying a false sense of confidence, hoping people will buy the facade. Either reaction is not truthful to who we are.
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Being the hero of your story has nothing to do with how you posture yourself. It is just true. It is the role God created you to play. Think about it. In every good story the hero is the main character. In the beginning, they are innocent and good… and then something terrible happens. They have to face what seem like insurmountable odds, and yet they survive; enduring through hardship and are still standing on the other side, barely. At his point they find some kind of guide who helps them in the journey. This part of the story is about spiritual awakening, really, finding the answer to the question: “Who am I?” In the midst of this journey they are pursued by an enemy whose sole purpose is to destroy them and everything that they love. The hero must face their fears and their enemy head on. Finally, the gloves come off and it is the moment of truth. This is the finale, what we’ve all been waiting for, when the main character finally finds out if they have what it takes; finally faces who they truly are; finally stares down what has haunted them their entire life. It is at this moment the hero is revealed as the hero, fulfilling the prophecy of what we all hoped they would become: the one who wins the day by doing that one thing that they were specifically put on this earth to do.
Now… think about the story of your life. You were made innocent and pure. Your innocence was assaulted, yet you have survived and persevered. You have sought a good guide and found one who is willing to train you and teach you who you truly are. You are facing the questions: Who am I? Do I have what it takes? You have an enemy and fears that have pursued you your whole life. You are now beginning to face these fears and become the person you were created to be.
There is only one question left to ask: How do you want to write the rest of the story? Will you continue to be devastatingly diminished by your self-doubt and self-preservation or will you begin to step into who you truly are? Will you do that thing that is yours and yours alone to do in this world? You are the hero of your story; will you live like it?