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“Become the hero in your own story.” Anybody ever heard that saying? Everybody always wants to be the glorious hero, the dragon slayer, the good guy who wins the day. Nothing wrong with that, no shaming intended here, I’m just saying you will be enriched and blessed if you step out of that comfort zone a wee bit and explore some less glamorous roles.

I actually had to be the hero in my own life for a long time. I really wouldn’t wish that on anyone. A bit amusing, but when Bonnie Tyler sung her, “I need a hero,” song it finally all clicked. I have a Hero, Jesus, so I can just set that burden down. No heroics required on my end.

There is an on going imbroglio on the intertoobz about whether or not we should acknowledge that King David raped Bathsheba. Actually it doesn’t really matter to me on account of the fact that I really do understand the nature of power issues.

In the course of following this discussion however, I have discovered something that I think is really important. Most of the guys easily relate to and identify with King David, the giant slayer. Oh yeah, and he murdered someone and stole his wife, but I just like to think of him as great song writer.

Nobody ever relates to Uriah! Nobody wants to identify as a hapless victim of David’s story. Nobody wants to imagine themselves as loyal, dutiful, making all the right choices, honorably serving their king, only to be betrayed, set up, and murdered by the very person you trusted and admired.

Well, you should! You really should step into the shoes of even obscure characters in the Bible. You will be greatly blessed. It really helps one to understand the human story, to gain personal insights about yourself, and to draw closer to God.

I hope no one is ever the hapless victim of someone else’s story, but odds are pretty good you will get to experience some form of betrayal and rejection in your lifetime. Having some spiritual armor and emotional wisdom can really help.

Everybody wants to be a King or a conquering hero and there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just that some of the other characters have a lot to teach us too and we deprive ourselves when we don’t take a deeper look at them, and identify with their roles.

There’s a blogger that goes by “Barabbas Me” and what a marvelous avatar that is! I had never really considered life from the perspective of Barabbas, the murderer released from death row in exchange for Jesus. That guy really won the lottery! One moment he is about to be executed and the next moment the crowd is just chanting, “give us Barabbas!” Suddenly he is released through no fault of his own. We really are all like Barabbas when it comes to our own salvation, and I’ve never really considered how Barabbas teaches us that truth until recently.

I have spent many moons walking in Job’s shoes and to this day it remains one of my favorite books in the Bible. I’ve had a lot of amazing revelations from reading Job.

Judas is an odd character to identify with, but what a huge blessing exploring Judas has been for me! Kind of interesting how he is in charge of the money, criticizing the woman with the perfume for not selling it and giving the money to the poor, all the while dipping into the till on the down low, and selling out the Lord Himself for a few pieces of silver. Judas has taught me a lot about projection.

My favorite is probably Peter. He and I have some similarities in character and temperament. I have never actually cut a man’s ear off with a sword, not literally anyway, but it is not beyond the realm of possibility. Perhaps it is still on my bucket list…..

There is a servant girl named Rhoda in Acts 12 who really captured my heart. Peter has been arrested and the church is busy praying for his release, so busy that when Peter shows up and ties to get in they don’t even hear him. This servant girl Rhoda comes to the gate to see what all the knocking is about and she is so surprised to see Peter there she doesn’t even open the gate. She runs back to tell the church, “Peter is at the gate!” They don’t believe her, in fact they tell he she is out of her mind, insane, probably just seeing angels or perhaps ghosts.

Sometimes I feel much like Rhoda might have felt, confronting a church at large so busy doing churchy stuff they don’t even realize their prayers have already been answered, their miracle has already happened. And of course, “you’re insane” is always going to be my favorite avatar.

Somebody smart once said, “don’t read the Bible, let the Bible read you.” Better yet, let the “Author and Finisher of your faith” read it to you.