Have you ever wanted to be… um… BETTER? Recently, a string of movies and pop culture icons have shown the negative side of our heroes! Someone had to change the template! I am so thankful for the movie, Wonder Woman which chose to shatter the modern trend. A movie that takes a look at a young girl and shows her develop into a hero! Those developmental principles are also shown in the life of Joseph from Genesis. Lets look at these two heroes while comparing them to these developmental principles.
There are many things we can learn from this movie (and from the Bible for that matter). However, we will focus on time tested developmental principles. If we practice these principles we will grow and unleash our inner hero that we were intended to be!
7 Developmental Principles:
1 – Dream and find your purpose
Early in the movie we see young Diana (AKA Wonder Woman), starry-eyed and wanting to be trained… knowing that her life is important and should not be wasted! We have seen this played out in the lives of many people throughout history but perhaps none more obvious than what we see from the biblical patriarch, Joseph (see Gen 37). He knew he was created for a purpose greater than what he was experiencing.
We were created with purpose (insightful blog on “being created with purpose” – click here https://goo.gl/y68PYt)! Many people accept an existence that is lackluster! Don’t do it! There is something more, something better! Go get it!
2 – Be trained by the best
Diana finally gets permission to be trained by the greatest Amazon warrior ever. She accepts the training and jumps into it! She completely engages this training… by the best trainer ever!
Joseph went through similar developmental principles. He did not get a choice in who trained him… because he is sold into slavery! He quickly climbs in the house of Potiphar. The LORD is with him and whatever he does prospers.
So how does that work for us? Most of us don’t get the opportunity to go to Harvard or be mentored by Warren Buffet. But we all have opportunities. Jumping on those opportunities is key for us to be trained. Being trained by the best might mean… the best for us or the best for us for now. Seize the opportunity!
3 – Train as hard as you can
Diana seemed to love her training. At one point Diana unleashes the full power of her bracelets. This came after a lot of training and her response to a particular attack by her mentor (a part of her training). The only way for her to figure out the full extent of her ability was to be trained and fully engage in the training! Diana did that!
In the life of Joseph, we don’t see the same type of training that Diana engaged in but we do see Joseph engage in his situation wholeheartedly! He is taken to prison unfairly. He suffers in prison unfairly and it is there that he is rescued and through a series of divinely appointed situations he becomes the 2nd in command of Egypt! No doubt there must have been times of frustration and hurt, however, he lives out Col 3:23 and therefore trains as hard as he can accepting every situation as God-given and making the best use of every situation.
What situation is life throwing at us that we are struggling with? Can we accept it and use it as training? If so, how?
4 – Follow your purpose
Diana had to make a difficult decision. She had to leave what was familiar and what she loved to follow her purpose. She had to go toward danger to achieve her purpose. Like Diana (Wonder Woman) Joseph had to make a decision. He stashed food reserves in anticipation of a big famine that will hit the entire region. His only proof of that happening is a dream that Pharaoh had. He chooses to follow his purpose by trusting the interpretation of a dream (he has had several dreams and interpreted them accurately). He saw that the LORD had uniquely gifted him. He follows his purpose.
So… how were you created? What is your gifting? Have you seen it confirmed? Then follow it!
5 – Network with people to help fulfill your purpose
The plot thickens! Diana is taken toward the war (where she thinks she will find her purpose). It requires her to network with a group of people to get where she needs to be. To accomplish her purpose she is going to need to work with people! So… SHE DOES! There could be an argument made that she is not good with people but to accomplish what she needs to accomplish she has to get to know people, trust people and work with people.
Joseph has to work with people to accomplish his goal. It requires a unique matrix of communication and trust. He is in a foreign land but his past has prepared him! Against the odds, he does it!
Write down a list of people that you can network with to help you accomplish your purpose. Who are they? Why did you pick them? Are there other people to network that may know someone who can help you? Who are they?
6 – Don’t depend on others to find your purpose
Toward the end, Diana has to part ways with her new friends. She has to stand alone… and she does. She is not dependent on others to accomplish her purpose. She is accountable for her purpose. Joseph was accountable for his purpose. He follows through. He is accountable.
No one else can fulfill our purpose! No one else is accountable for our purpose. No blaming others! We are accountable for fulfilling our purpose.
7 – Finding your purpose means you will have to allow others to find their purpose
The conclusion of Wonder Woman sees Diana go her way to fulfill her purpose and then her friends going their way to fulfill their purposes. Joseph had to allow his brothers to fulfill their purpose. When they come face to face with him he has to confront them and lead them to an opportunity to embrace their purpose and their ultimate training… and they do!
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our purpose and training that we think everyone else should engage in our purpose. We can forget that our purpose is OUR purpose and not someone else’s purpose.Others have their purpose. Let them find it.
Wonder Woman walks through systematic steps in personal development. Joseph walks through systematic steps in personal development. Will we embrace these principles and grow?
If you enjoyed this blog you may also enjoy – Lessons on Communication from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – https://goo.gl/2yanP6