HOW HEROES JOURNEY’S SESSION HAS IMPACTED MY LIFE
Written by Monica Wangare, Lapid Leader from Cohort 5
“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” — Arthur Ashe
Did you know that God created you with a purpose? Have you ever tried to figure out what your purpose is in this life? This question may sound Greek to you but truth is you have something unique to offer in this world. Many are the times we are crowded with the wrong narrative about who we are and what we are capable of doing and this hinders us from seeing the bigger picture of our capabilities. I want to assure you that God has a job for you that no one else can do it as you and out of the billion applicants you are most qualified.
As part of the Lapid Leaders Experience, I attended the Heroes’ Journey session and it’s been the most candid moments of my life. I would like to spare you the whole theoretical process of a Hero’s Journey and try and internalize it for you in the Lay Man perspective.
We all had our share of life both positive and negative and many of us try to write-off the negative things we have encountered. One thing I learnt is that those negative stories are gold in the sense that they can propel you to be a great person or destroy you according to how you interpret them. One thing I want to bring to your attention is whatever you go through whether good or bad it’s not a coincident but its God plan for you or rather it’s him preparing you for task he would want you to take. However, we occasionally miss out on his calling because we have created a bad narrative or story about our journey and we tend to blame ourselves, God or people around us.
Ways in which we can realize our purpose is by serving God .Yes! Purpose and God go in handy.
We should allow ourselves to serve others and at the same time allow God to work through us. Having an intimate connection with God will lead you to realize why he created you and what the purpose he wants you fulfill is. In this ordinary world we have created a narrative about greatness whereby we think being great is reaching out, a good example is in the book of Genesis the story of Adam and Eve, they reached out for the forbidden fruit because they were made to believe that if they eat it they would be like God, one of the things they missed out on was God had created them in his image and they didn’t have to find equality with God. Jesus came and changed this perception about greatness and to him being great was grasped through serving others.
Success can be a mess if we believe the wrong things about ourselves on the other hand life comes with action and is our responsibility to try and interpret it and this requires wisdom and lots of prayers.
I want to challenge you to take up this task and try walk down the memory lane from your childhood day, teen hood up to date in your adult hood as you pick events that happened in your life both positive and negative that made you have a good or bad impression about yourself, God and the world. While on it ask yourself the following questions:
- What that event made you think about yourself?
- What were your beliefs about God?
- What were your views about other people or the world?
- How did you see the future? Was it true?
- What was your turning point?
Finally I want to urge you to sieve all the lies about the impressions you have believed about yourself, God and other people and get yourself to know the truth. One of my favorite’s quotes is, “Until we make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have” Doris Mortman. Happy Heroes Week!