Nora Ephron, a Hollywood screenwriter and director, died on June 26th. She understood the human condition well, judging by her movies.
One of her quotations was, "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim."
Male or female, I meet a lot of people who see themselves as continual victims of some sort. Victimhood is a choice. The more we choose it, the more it becomes our defining reality. However, the same is true about being a heroine or hero. It, too, can become a defining reality.
This does not mean that we have an inflated sense of self. Rather, we see that God has made us to thrive even as God does not make all circumstances go our way (and God does not, despite TV preacher talk.)
Faith or believing is our tapping into the power that is Christ's and owning it at all times in in all places. The situation may be ours but the power and vision for the future is Christ's. And Christ loves us. To believe "there's more" is heroic.
Will you be a victim or a heroine/hero today?
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;
Ephesians 4:4 (NIV)