When you think of your favorite hero, who comes to mind? Is it Katniss Everdeen, Mulan, or maybe Emma Watson? No matter who your heroine is, they all inspire us to be smarter and stronger. But how did they become memorable, iconic women (whether real or fictitious)? I believe it is how they faced their challenges and overcame them. Their challenges shaped them into heroes by revealing their character, determination, beliefs, and integrity. Their challenges are their defining moments shaping them from regular women to women of honor. Where does that leave the rest of us, ordinary women? What about our challenges, can they make us heroes too? YES! While our defining moments may not start a revolution or save the world, they can perfect us and lead us closer to our Savior. They will help us make sense of our earthly missions and give us the strength to move forward with faith.
Our personal quest for Camelot might include swimming through the “River of Emotions”, hiking through the “Mists of Loss”, and slaying the “Monster of Betrayal”. Despite what comes beforeus, we will get cuts and bruises, but as we move forward, our scars will heal. If we didn’t face opposition, how would we become the heroes of our day and goddesses in the eternities?
“All of us experience various kinds of opposition that test us…Opposition permits us to grow toward what our Heavenly Father would have us become.” – Elder Dallin H Oaks
So what do we do when we still feel down and weak in the face of trials? We all have moments when we feel our weakest, but make your weaknesses strengths! Exercise your muscles of faith by daily prayer and scripture study. Ask for the strength to overcome, and you will receive it! Your loving Heavenly Father will not put things before you that you cannot overcome with his help. Don’t take my word for it:
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13.
As you experience trails of you own, take notice of that super-power strength you receive. It may come from those around you or it may swell within you. You are becoming a superwoman, one defining moment at a time.
From zero to hero, just like that!