Wonder Woman: The 3 traits of a heroine

June 23, 2017

Written by Miles McPherson

The world needs more strong, courageous women, and Wonder Woman—one such woman—has taken over Hollywood.

In Warner Bros.’ new movie, Gal Gadot plays Diana, the immortal Princess of the Amazons, a trained warrior. When pilot Steve Trevor crashes on the shores of Themyscira—her all-female sheltered island paradise—she hears, for the first time, of a war being waged in the outside world. Chosen to escort the pilot home, Diana leaves behind the only life she has ever known to fight evil in a “war to end all wars.” Along the way, she discovers her full powers and unlocks her true destiny.

It dominated the box office, making around $574 million worldwide as of June 18th, 2017, and I think it’s because the narrative of a strong, courageous woman who fights evil is one that the world is hungry to be told.

At least it’s one that I’m interested in, and it reminds me of another strong female character from the Bible—Esther.

Like Queen Esther and Wonder Woman, we will all face a decision point in life…

Soon after she became Queen of Persia, a decree to kill all the Jews in the land was passed. To save herself and her people, Esther would have to enlist the King’s help. The only problem was that she could be put to death just for appearing before him without an invitation.

Facing an opportunity to step into her identity as a virtuous, evil-fighting woman, Esther heeded her uncle Mordecai’s advice: “…if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Like Queen Esther and Wonder Woman, we will all face a decision point in life—whether or not to step into our destiny. We can decide to step into virtue, which is what Esther did, by exhibiting the following three characteristics.

1. She feared God more than she feared man. [Esther 4:11-17]

Queen Esther was afraid to be killed—no doubt about it—but she was more afraid to disobey God. She believed that God allowed her to become Queen for that special moment, and she preferred to let people down than to let God down.

There’s nothing wrong with listening the people’s opinions but, when our self-worth is tied up in our natural talent, looks, or possessions, we’re likely to miss out on God’s purpose.

2. Her faith in God overshadowed her personal risk.

Going before the King represented a great personal risk to Esther. If he didn’t receive her, she would be put to death. So why did she do it? Because her faith in God was bigger than her personal risk.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen [Hebrews 11:1]. So, when we walk through life full of faith, we are actually taking in a different, more accurate reality. We believe what God says instead of what people are saying.

3. She trusted in God to secure her success. [Esther 8:8-12]

Proverbs 21:31 says that “the horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.” In other words, we can hustle all we want, but in the end, victory is God’s.

Whether their “battlefield” is the workplace, the home, or a relationship, virtuous women do their best and, once they have, they give it to God, trusting that He will secure their success.

I think that the world needs more strong, courageous, and virtuous women, and I’m glad to see the positive worldwide response that Wonder Woman received. Let me encourage you to look at the women in your life, identifying their strength, courage, and virtue. Go out of your way to celebrate and encourage them—who knows that God has not put them in your life to do something awesome?

Miles McPherson is a former NFL player and the Pastor of Rock Church in San Diego, California. You can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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