I recently watched Legend of the Guardians. It was right up my alley of enjoyable movies. In the story, Ezylryb, an old, raggedy looking owl in the “good” camp is the legendary character from a once-thought mythical tale told by the the believing main character. Turns out Ezylryb is not a myth. In fact he’s so real he’s somewhat of a disappointment to the owls who’ve discovered him. He has this great line in the movie where he points to his scars and mangled feathers and says something like, …there is nothing glorious in being a warrior; it’s simply doing what’s right, over and over again. Even if it leaves you like this!
I LOVE that line! It reminds me of life as a Christian. Its not that we should set out for persecution and martyrdom… there’s nothing glorious in suffering. Rather we are made more than conquerors by letting the love of Christ compel us as His Holy Spirit lives in us to do what is right over and over again. Even if it leaves us scarred and mangled.
I think this is kind of what Paul was saying when he reminded us what really matters as we live following Christ our Hero:
If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would be of no value whatsoever. -1 Corinthians 13:3
We who follow Christ get to live out (by His mercy and grace) the greatest epic our lives could ever play a role in. Our epic is Christ’s love.
What is important is faith expressing itself in love. -Galatians 5:6