Several years ago I read David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. The opening line struck me as somewhat profound, and has stayed with me since: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
I remember thinking in the months that followed, ‘Gosh, I certainly want to make sure I’m the heroine of my own life!’
This is a very naturally egotistical mindset. Even beyond being my own leading lady, I have often found myself desiring to be someone great in the eyes of others. God has had to ask me on several occasions, ‘Are you willing to play a small part if I am glorified?’
Small part or not, I was, at least, planning to be the heroine of my own life!
The other day as I was listening to a sermon by Paul Tripp I was struck by some comments he made. So often, as we read the Bible, we make people out to be the heroes of the stories. I was impacted by the resounding truth that I am not the hero of my life story. Jesus is.
No matter how great I may become, or what I may achieve, left to myself I would be destined for an eternity of judgement, wrath and depravity. I could not, and would not save myself from myself.
The role of the hero in my life’s story, must always belong to Jesus.