Posted by: John-Paul | August 23, 2015

HERO’S JOURNEY: Mythic Story Structure

Most people don’t feel heroic but I believe every person is the hero of his or her own life story. I believe the Master Storyteller uses the age-old mythic story structure of the Hero’s Journey in the Wilderness experiences of our lives.

The Hero’s Journey has given structure to stories for millennia. It is also used extensively in Hollywood: Wizard of Oz, Titanic, Romancing the Stone, to name a few.

Heros-Journey graphic

Christopher Vogler wrote The Writer’s Journey to detail its stages and character types. He also outlined the information and more here.

I have come to see that the Wilderness experiences God puts His followers through are a type of the hero’s journey. He wants to prepare us to march in triumph to and through the Promised Land of His reign in our lives.

Each of us has a need to change.

  • Some bondage to shrug off
  • Some fatal flaw to overcome
  • Some psychic wound to have healed.

God also has an Elixir of Faith He wants each of us to obtain then share with the world around us.

The trials of the Wilderness/Hero’s Journey are meant to bring about

  • learning to trust in God’s provision and plan
  • obtaining toughness of body, mind, and spirit
  • death of self-will by overcoming temptations
  • commitment to God’s will and
  • hearing instructions for God’s work ahead.

Then we are to return to the world with the Elixir of Faith and proceed with the Missionary’s Journey.

(Coming soon: The Wilderness Experience as a type of Hero’s Journey.)

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:7-11)

Have you struggled through a dry place? Have you faced down temptations and committed yourself to follow only God’s will? Have you been healed of the hurts of the past? I’d love to read stories of how God carried you through your hero’s journey.

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