May
01
2010

Epic

I don’t know if it’s because the 80’s are coming back, but my generation likes to use the word epic just as much as my parents did. We say it when someone is keeping his or her cool while doing something we find amazing.

The dictionary defines epic the noun as “a long poem, typically derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation.” The secondary use of the word is as an adjective, describing an item as “heroic or grand in scale or character”.

Here are a few derivatives: legendary, memorable, historical, adventurous, heroic.

After finding this definition, I asked myself: is there something behind the word epic that I long for?

I want to be legendary—but I don’t know how. I long for adventure—but fulfilling adventure, not a theme park or cheap thrill. I want to be heroic—all I need is the opportunity.

The Bible is an epic, a story of God’s people—ordinary, everyday people like Hannah, who was just one of two wives of the same man, sorrowful because she didn’t have any children, who, because of her eagerness to serve God, became the mother of Samuel, a guy who changed the world. Hannah became part of an epic: remembered, legendary, to this day the most popular girl’s name on the planet.

I have for many years known the verse in Jeremiah where God tells Israel that “I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you hope and a future.” But if I really believed that, if I trusted God to make a legend out of every obedient choice I make, I would have an epic adventure.

I’d be faithful in the little things, because I know I’m part of the story.

I’d see every day as an opportunity, because I know that I can move mountains without worrying about tomorrow.

I’d be a hero where I am—befriending the friendless, helping the worn out, encouraging the tireless workers, hugging the leaders that are dragged down by controversy, thanking the stage crew and the street sweepers, and assisting the siblings that struggle with school–because God calls me to follow Him and join in the epic.