We all have some real ones in our lives. We regularly follow the storylines of fictional ones. But did you know their stories all follow the same pattern? And did you also know that your life follows this pattern, too? What is this amazing pattern, you ask? It’s called the hero’s journey.
It starts off in the status quo, where our hero lives an ordinary life. Then, our hero has a call to adventure, and somethings stirs our hero to go out and fight the good fight. The hero then gets assistance to prepare for his journey, possibly someone older or wiser than him. He then departs from his normal home or normal way of life, and this is where his journey truly begins. The hero then faces trials, and approaches the end goal, only to face a crisis. Here, the hero stares death in the face, only to come out on the other side more powerful than before. The cycle continues, but rather than continue to explain it in text, I’ll just link you to the amazing TedEd video that goes into detail about all of the specifics.
In the video, Matthew Winkler tell us that this format doesn’t just apply to our favorite fictional characters. It applies to everyday life. Our hero stories take this form because it’s relatable and describes our own journeys through life and hardship. Right now, you’re probably stuck in that status quo. However, deep inside of you, you hear whispers. A call to adventure. Change can be scary sometimes. Maybe just as scary as slaying that giant monster or chasing down the Joker. We can be scared to take that leap; to become something greater. Let’s answer the call and become who God wants us to be. Find some assistance from someone wiser than you to help you start your journey. Leave your comfort zone and do the right thing. Overcome your fear. 2 Timothy 2:7 says, “For God did not create us with a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Cast off your fear and no longer be inhibited by it. Do the right thing. Answer God’s call. When you stop to rest after your adventure is finished, your status quo might look a good bit different.