Joseph Campbell, a professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College, wrote a book based on his research of myth plots, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949). He concluded there was a standard plot for all myths. At the core of each myth was the monomyth structure. He called this the Hero’s Journey. (Stages) It is a cycle of a call, separation, initiation, and return. (Ted Talks) Campell’s conclusion has influenced professors, theologians, and artists. George Lucas used this monomyth structure to create his famous Star Wars movies.
Hollywood scriptwriter, Chris Volger, says, “The Hero’s Journey is a great technique for analyzing all kinds of stories.” (Source) I thought, what about the biblical story? Sure enough, it works. This monomyth structure works from paradise lost to paradise restored, the Moses story, and the Christ story.
What about our lives? Every day we are on a Hero’s journey. Therefore, Let’s make sure before we heed the call of the day to take time with our guides: scripture and the Holy Spirit. For it is written, “Apart from Me you can do nothing but with Me all things are possible.” So then, let’s put on the armor of God and go forth as heroes. Heaven awaits its earth heroes, the Children of God.