Thursday, December 28, 2006




In my not-so-avid television watching, I once happened across the NBC show "Heroes" (though I have seen numerous ads for it). For those who aren't familiar, the show is described as follows (with actor names edited out for brevity):

As a total eclipse casts its shadow across the globe, a genetics professor in India is led by father's disappearance to uncover a secret theory -- there are people with super powers living among us. A young dreamer tries to convince his politician brother that he can fly. A high school cheerleader learns that she is totally indestructible. A Las Vegas stripper, struggling to make ends meet to support her young son, discovers that her mirror image has a secret. A fugitive from justice continues to baffle authorities who twice have been unable to contain him. A gifted artist, whose drug addiction is destroying his life and relationship with his girlfriend, can paint the future. A down-on-his-luck Los Angeles beat cop can hear people's thoughts, which puts him on the trail of an elusive serial killer. In Japan, a young man develops a way to stop time through sheer will power. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world…
Truth is, the theme of this show intrigues me. It intrigues me because each person involved has some sort of special power, a gift if you will, and at least in the part of the show I caught, they weren't quite sure what that gift really meant or why they were gifted.

I think what catches me about this idea is this: we're all just ordinary, common people, but everyone wants something more. Everyone wants to be significant. The thing is, everyone is significant, and it's in the little areas we demonstrate our importance.
The Bible is full of heroes that we can look to; people who might not have been important except that God gave them significant roles. And their destiny: reconciling the world to the God who created it...
...being blessed in order to be a blessing...
...saving the world...

2 comments:

Stresspenguin said...

My wife and I are addicted to "Heroes." Two of the best characters (in my opinion) are Ando and Peter. Ando, is the ordinary English speaking best friend of Hiro (the one that control space-time). He helps Hiro stay grounded as he discovers his powers and helps Hiro cope with being in America. Peter has the ability to mimic the abilities of any other hero near him. In the last new episode, there was a moment when Ando (which ironically his name looks like the Greek/Latin word for human being) and Peter meet. They both say something to the effect, that without others, they are nothing. Together, however, they end up being instrumental in saving the world. I can't wait till it starts back up. NBC has all the last season's episodes on their web site for free if you're interested in watching them.

Oh, and I'm pretty sure that quiz is meant to be satirical.

'neice said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the show...read all our stuff on YMX! I can't wait for new shows!