If you had to pick one character in a story to describe who you are, who would you choose?
Maximus from Gladiator? Katniss from The Hunger Games? Tommy from Tommy Boy?
I look in the mirror and try to envision the hero in the tales of new and old, thinking about who I most resemble as a character. As much as I would like to be William Wallace or Henry V, I need to be honest with you. I feel that I am more of a Hobbit than anything sometimes; I’m much more like Frodo than Aragorn or Gandalf.
I feel like God has placed me here in this specific time and in this specific context for a reason. But with this purpose and feeling comes a good deal of responsibility. One of the lines from LOTR The Fellowship of the Ring captures this sentiment very well. While discussing the issues surrounding the sweeping of darkness into Middle Earth, Frodo spoke to Gandalf saying,
Frodo: “I wish it need not have happened in my time.”
Gandalf: “So do I, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
I do wish that responsibility was not given to me, but I know that God does not want me to waste my time and life on things that do not matter. I know that he wants me to live a great story, even though conflict emerges and makes things interesting. In LOTR, Frodo kept pressing onward to the goal, though giant spiders, orcs, Nazgul, and other nasty creatures stood in his way. With the help of friends, perseverance, and a little bit of good fortune, Frodo was able to do the impossible. And that is what I hold onto as a person who is in Christ. Though I slip and tumble, I know that in Him, I will make it. Though trial and error befall me, I know that in Him I can move through life and do it well. For it is in His strength that I plan on moving onward, using the time that was given to me by living a better story within the grander story of God.