Saturday, October 30, 2004

"There are bigger things happening than you and me." Spider Man

Neo, Frodo, Dorothy...
Do you know the names?
Neo from 'The Matrix' (very cool metaphorical movie)
Frodo from 'The Lord of the Rings'
Dorothy from Kansas in 'The Wizard of Oz'

All of them had fallen into mythical tales -- joined the advance of causes of which they were unaware, and became vital to the success of those causes. They woke up in a battleground of a world at war and became runners behind enemy lines directly in harm's way.

John Eldridge believes 3 truths about life that will help us all see things more clearly as they really are.
1. Things are not what they seem. There is more going on than we normally pay attention to. There is a war in the next-door dimension that we would like to remain unaware of.
2. "This is a world at war. We live in a far more dramatic, far more dangerous story than we ever imagined. The reason we love The Chronicles of Narnia or Star Wars or The Matrix or The Lord of the Rings is that they are telling us something about our lives that we never, ever get on the evening news. Or from the pulpit. This is our most desperate hour." page 32 in Waking the Dead by John Eldridge
3. We are not what we seem. We have a crucial role to play.
Eldridge says it this way, "You are not what you think you are. There is a glory to your life that your Enemy fears, and he is hell-bent on destroying that glory before you act on it. This part of the answer will sound unbelievable at first; perhaps it will sound too good to be true; certainly, you will wonder if it is true for you. But once you begin to see with those eyes, once you have begun to know it is true from the bottom of your heart, it will change everything. The story of your life is the story of the long and brutal assault on your heart by the one who knows what you could be and fears it.

You will not think clearly about your life until you think mythically. Until you see with the eyes of your heart.

What sort of tale have I fallen into? is a question that would help us all a great deal if we wondered it for ourselves."

John Eldridge stirs up the embers in my heart as he reminds me to know that there is more going on than meets the eye and he reminds me that I'm not just here to haggle with the Utility Company over bills that aren't mine and eat my next meal. I'm here as God's agent behind enemy lines on a very special mission.

"You will not think clearly until you think mythically."

Run NOW and go get this book, Waking the Dead, by John Eldridge.

I'm off to wonder about the angellic battle in Daniel 10. What does it mean to pray a prayer and then have a 21 day gap to getting an answer because of an 'angellic conflict'? What's that mean for you and me when we wonder why God isn't moving faster to take care of us?

If you are ready to jump into the mythic tale of your life then you're ready to join us at Rising Leader Alliance. You'll find a community of fellow travellers with tales to tell and wisdom to share. You'll find the fellowship for your trek. Drop an email to me at jeff@risingleaderalliance.com if you wanna know more or would like to join the fellowship.

Enjoy the journey,
Jeff

p.s. Rick Warren has a great little chapter on 'Life Metaphors' in his powerful best seller, Purpose Driven Life. I'd highly encourage you to grab that book and read and work out that chapter. It will help you a great deal. Promise.


p.s. If you are a 'rising leader' who's excited about advancing the Kingdom of God, then you'll want to grab some great FREE resources over at www.risingleaderalliance.com

1 Comments:

Anonymous C.S. Lewis said...

http://www.narniaresources.com/alerter Very cool desktop alerter that has regular updates on the new Narnia movie. Ijust installed and it is VERY cool!

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