Encouraging words are all around us. They can be found in commercials, movies, memes, gifs, greeting cards etc. There are also times they are found in really unexpected places, and unexpected people. This was totally the case on this past Sunday evening when I went to the movies with my parents and watched the new Wonder Woman. I was excited to see the movie, but I was not fully prepared for all the awesome I was getting ready to experience. The woman empower(er) inside of me was on a full sensory journey as I sat and processed the film in those two hours of womanly butt-kicking bliss.
Yup, that’s right. I got a message out of Wonder Woman.
As we watched her life on screen training and fighting as a young child on her island with the women in her kingdom, I sifted through my childhood and wished I had been equipped like that in my earlier years. How much drama could have I avoided if I had that I had something powerful deep down inside of me. Even though I knew it was a movie and very much fictional there was a part of me that wondered what it would be like if I had been trained to not be afraid of people who come up against me, and to trust my instincts. Then I began to get caught up in the women on the island with her. How amazing it would have been if I had an army of superbly trained beings at my fingertips to come to my aide if need be? Then God reminded me “You do, and you always did. It may not have been visible the way hers were, but that type of protection was always with you, whether you saw it or not.” He let me know that the kingdom of heaven was like that. There were spiritual battles taking place in the background that I had no idea about, but that I had always been protected.
The same goes for you.
That’s right. Although we may have never seen those who protect us, they are very much there. Aiding us along the way, to make sure we make it to our destination.
Many will say that WW was a feminists dream. To add my two cents in I know a lot of women that watched Wonder Woman walked away feeling ultra empowered about themselves and their capabilities, yet I am aware that some may have chalked it up to it just being a movie, and went back to their 9-5’s believing that amazing life changing things like that only happen to select individuals; You know people who seem to just have life all figured out. This idea system is the one that worries me the most. Yes, Wonder Woman is fictional, but her story if looked at closely gives us a visual of what it looks like to come into your true purpose and identity. So without further ado I want to share with you the 5 things I have learned by watching Wonder Woman:
1. She didn’t know her “true” identity- That’s right. Her mother was a queen, and she grew up in the kingdom, but her true identity was hidden from her for years. Although she was being prepared for her calling her entire life, she had no idea who she REALLY was until be began operating in her purpose. When she did her true identity was revealed to her, and her life began to suddenly make sense.
2. Her life was her training- The women around her while she was growing up were training her to become WW. Although she thought she was training for one specific thing (battle on the island), they saw her true identity and were surrounding her with situations and scenarios to help bring out her TRUE identity.
3. She had to leave home- Remember when WW and Steve took a boat into London? (Insert swoon here). The truth was Steve helped her reached her potential because he believed in her. He was what Pastor Toure Roberts calls a “purpose mate” or a “purpose pal.” Steve aided her on the road to her purpose by bringing her to the place that would cause her to operate fully in her gifts and strengths. With his help and the help of the other men she fought with she was able to see her true abilities. This would have not have happened if she stayed at home. There is something about leaving that causes us to grow and take on the form of our true identity.
4. She had to lose along the way: Yep. I cried when she lost the love of her life. It seemed like she was giving up a whole lot to walk out her purpose. She had already left behind her mother and everyone who she knew. Then she lost Steve. Those were some hard hits to take. She was faced with choices. She could give up in those moments and say that her purpose wasn’t worth it or she could press harder. Our girl decided to press harder.
5. She became stronger than ever: Once she allowed her losses, and struggles to become a part of her strength she became unstoppable. Yes, she had scars but she allowed them to become the “why” behind her purpose, and not in a negative way either. Her ability to withstand her losses and keep moving made her stronger than ever.
I know this is a movie yall. However, I also know that when it comes to our own lives and our own purposes there is an interesting parallel. WW literally went through the same process most of us have to endure in order to reach our full potential. (Except hers was the glamourous cinematic version) Don’t let that fool you though. Achieving our purpose and potential is work, and luckily for us we have God on our side to lead us and guide us through every step.