Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Finding the Hero within

I took Leader Boy Warrior and Courageous Boy Warrior to Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole earlier on in the week. We all loved it and we will be looking out for the book series to read. I love a good " "find the hero within" and "good conquers evil" movie. There were so many spiritual parallels in this movie that you could preach a message every day for a year from this movie! (Or is that just how my mind works?)

The main character in the movie, Soren, has heard the stories of the 'Legends of the Guardians' passed down to him from his father all of his young life. When he is kidnapped from his home, he finds out that owls in the stories are real, escapes and embarks on a mission to find the Guardians to save the others that had been kidnapped.

With the help of some new friends he makes along the way, he finds Ga'Hoole and the Great Tree where a whole community lives. It was a great picture of how the church looks when it functions as God intended. There is a great scene where an owl called Otulissa, gives Soren the 'run down'  of how the Great Tree works. Outlissa explains that if you have talent, you will be tapped or selected for a specialised chore or squadron. I loved the idea of the church being a place where your giftings were tapped into and with training, you could be part the greater cause.

The Guardians (or those in training at the Great Tree at Ga'Hoole) are part of something greater than themselves and are all working together for that cause.
“Once upon a very long time go, in the time of Glaux, there was an order of knightly owls, from a kingdom called Ga’Hoole, who would rise each night into the blackness and perform noble deeds.  They spoke no words but true ones, their purpose was to right all wrongs, to make strong the weak, mend the broken, vanquish the proud, and make powerless those who abused the frail. With hearts sublime they would take flight—“ [Lasky, Kathryn. The Capture. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2003, 14]
We as the church are also part of a greater cause. This was Jesus's mission while He was on earth:
Jesus traveled to Nazareth, where he had grown up. On the Sabbath day he went to the synagogue, as he always did, and stood up to read. The book of Isaiah the prophet was given to him. He opened the book and found the place where this is written: "The Lord has put his Spirit in me, because he appointed me to tell the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to tell the captives they are free and to tell the blind that they can see again. — (Isaiah 61:1) God sent me to free those who have been treated unfairly — (Isaiah 58:6) and to announce the time when the Lord will show his kindness." — (Isaiah 61:2)  Jesus closed the book, gave it back to the assistant, and sat down. Everyone in the synagogue was watching Jesus closely. He began to say to them, "While you heard these words just now, they were coming true!" {Luke 4:16-21}
We as the Body of Christ have been called to the same cause. We all have different giftings and talents to play our part in the cause. When you see that the Body of Christ is part of something much bigger than yourself, it changes things. When you see a world full of broken and lost people that the Father wants to reach, it changes things. It no longer just about you.

Soren meets an old owl called Ezylryb, who befriends him at the Great Tree. There is a scene in the movie when Soren finds out that Ezylryb isn't just an ordinary owl, he is in fact 'Lyze of Kiel' - a Guardian from the stories his father told him. Soren is shocked and cannot believe that the ordinary, battered old owl in front of him, was in fact a Guardian that he had held in hero status for so many years. Ezylryb seeing that Soren is surprised, says something along the lines of, "Did you expect to see your hero in full armour and have moonlight shining behind me?" (Or something like that!)

It made me think of the people we read about in the Word. Sometimes we glamorise these bible heroes, and we forget that they were just ordinary people like you and me, that said 'yes' to God. We talk about how great it will be to meet Paul and other people that we read about in the bible when we get to Heaven. But I think when we get there, just like Soren, we will be surprised to see just how ordinary our bible heroes are. We all have within us the capacity to do great things, just like our bible heroes. They are no different from us, They are just ordinary people, who made a choice to say 'yes' to whatever God had asked them to do.

So, just like Soren, who chose to say .yes' to the cause and fight for the innocent and helped to set the captives free. I choose to say 'yes' to the cause of the Body of Christ. There are so many people that need to hear the good news. There are so many people that need His love. And just like Soren, I have discovered that it is ordinary people like me saying 'yes' to His cause that will be the stuff of legends.

Still taking lessons from the King,


  1. Jo, I loved the points you brought out in this message. Common purpose, common mission, common mind (well that's what I saw anyway lol).

    I have a similar vein in my message for today's Word filled Wednesday. Not meaning to advertise it here on your blog, but I had to tell you!

  2. Brilliant thoughts, Jo. I really like the point about the people of the bible and how we glamorise them. It is so very true. Heroes are just those that say yes to God. We may have a big part or a small part but each is as valuable as the other. AMEN!

    The movie sounds fantastic! I will have to look out for the books. So very excited about a good movie coming out. It has been a while.

  3. WOW Jo, sounds like a great movie. I haven't heard of it before, so will have to look out for it at the cinema...Love the parallels you drew between it and the bible too. Very cool. We did a great devotional study on Peter last year and it was so good to see just how normal (fearful, unreliable!) Peter actually was at times. It gives us hope, hey! :) Mel xx

  4. Oh Jo, great post once again. I say Yes to His kingdom and cause. God takes ordinary people and does extraordinary things through them. Amazing! xxx

  5. I've heard good things about this movie! Thanks for reviewing it for us and sharing the parallels to God's word.

    Blessings, JOan

  6. Sounds like a great movie, I will have to check it out.

  7. ahhhh, you make me want to watch it now!

  8. Jo I'm really enjoying your blog.
    I'm not sure if you accept blog awards, but I have one over at my blog for

    Thanks and enjoy :)

  9. How did I miss this post Jo? I try to keep up!

    My son currently wants to be a superhero. My daughter happily always points out to him that they are not real. In turn, I often point to heros in the bible and say how God used people like us to do super things in life. I must admit that I too look and glamourize our Bible heroes... but really there were people like you and I who said and lived "Here I am, use me".

    I want to see this film now!

  10. The movie looked interesting but didn't go see it when it was in town. I guess I'll have to check out the DVD.

  11. It sometimes so scary to say yes to God, because of fear of what might come ahead that we think we might not be able to handle. But when we say yes, then no matter what happens we are special heroes and extraodinary in every way possible. Lets not be afraid to get dirty for the Lord. Dirty in a sense that we trust in Him that no matter what He will always be with us.

  12. I love the way you said that we try and glamorize the old bible heroes. They are just like us and that makes me feel good to remind me of that, because most days I am just doing pretty ordinary things but know i have purpose and serve a supernatural God who can enable me for the task I have to do xx

  13. I finally went back and read this post after watching this movie and being reminded of it by what Tea wrote on her blog. I truly appreciate your encouragement to fight this good fight of faith. That we are not "too little" or "too unimportant" to do big things for God. It reminds me of a line from another movie with many spiritual parallels (Lord of the Rings) ... "all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us". So here's to making the most of every opportunity! (Eph. 5:15-16)


Thanks for sharing your thoughts on my lessons!

I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

Jo Princess Warrior xo