It probably won’t surprise anyone to learn that I grew up watching Star Wars.
Of the six Star Wars films, my personal favorite is probably still Episode IV, which, weirdly, was the first film that was made. There are a lot of things I love about the movie. For one thing it’s a classic, pure and simple. Whether you like Star Wars or not, it completely changed the landscape for science fiction films. Another thing I appreciate about the movie is its visual style. By setting his story in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas was able to create groundbreaking special effects that tied seamlessly into his plot (of course, the special effects in Episode IV look comical by today’s standards, but they were amazing for their time). But I believe what really makes Star Wars Episode IV so great is that it tells a very human story. A young man’s quiet life gets interrupted, and he leaves his home. This begins a journey of self-discovery, during which he changes from a child into an adult, and grows up into the person he really was destined to be. Along the way friendships are formed; people fall in love; people get betrayed; people die; and, in the end, good triumphs over evil. Even though this story looks wildly imaginative, takes place in outer space, and its battle sequences involve supercool lightsabers, the essence of the story is undeniably familiar. We are right at home while we get to know these characters, because at its heart their adventure is the same as our adventure. We all go through our own versions of these same life experiences. This is why they make such great stories, and can be found in every genre from science fiction to romantic comedies. They touch the essence of what it is to be human.
This January we are going to raise the question, “Why Does Every Hero’s Journey Sound the Same?” While we look into this question, we will explore how human life is A Great Adventure that is shared by us all. So come join us this January to worship the One who makes you, who calls you, who guides you, and who will welcome you home at the end of your great journey.
A Great Adventure: Why Does Every Hero’s Journey Sound the Same?