Everyone loves a happy ending. But, to be honest, every story has a happy ending. It just depends upon when you stop talking about it and the spin that the story teller leaves it with. Even tragic devastation can end with a spirit of hope, or, just as equally, the most undeniable success can wind up leaving our hero empty and unfulfilled.
We all like happy endings. We grown to expect them in stories. We long for them in real life. And yet, somehow, we seem to find ourselves jaded and pessimistic as we watch our own lives unfold.
One of the things that I love about the heroes of the Bible is that they are failures, every single one of them. Things don't turn out the way were hoping for, not everything
This is because the heroes of the Bible are real people who lived, succeeded and failed because they were recorded honestly. And when we look for heroes of our own, that's the way we really need to look at them.
My heroes will always be failures because they will always have something in front of them, unfulfilled, even to the day they die. They never stop striving. They never stop trying. My heroes will always be failures because they are not satisfied with the world the way that it is. They are always pushing past the tried and true and blazing new trails in uncharted territory.
My heroes will always be failures because, when they make mistakes and they fall down, they never paint it glossy. They never validate their short-comings or make excuses for their improprieties. They accept the truth for what it is, and they move on.
Everyone fails. Everyone drops the ball. Everyone faces obstacles and errors that cause their shoulders to drop. There is not a person who has ever lived that has not dropped to their knees and cried because the task before them was too big or too frightening.
When we look at the lives of people we admire, the men and women who we aspire to be like, it is important to remember that we don't know the whole story on any of them. At the same time, when we look at others with contempt for the condition of life to which they've succumbed, we don't see what brought them there, or how they may be helping someone else from where they are, or where they will be in the future.
Everyone has within their own story line, the makings of a hero. It just depends upon who is telling the story, and where you want it to end.