Do you have a hero?
Who is he?
What is your favorite story about him?
Please, take a moment to stop the white noise you're getting out of the blue light to answer those three questions in writing. Then, come back. Trust me, the internet will still be here, obnoxious as ever. But, what I say next will mean that much more as well.
What you have just achieved is the establishment of your own value hierarchy. This is very much something worth paying attention to, both in the concept, and in what it means to you personally.
A value hierarchy is a set of ideals that you love. They are an ordering of things you find lovable. There is something in them all that you find to be larger than yourself, and in so doing, you draw and build your sense of personal wealth around them.
One moment of note about this is that, in an instant, you can see that all the talk about relativistic moralism is onomatopoeiatic in substance from the start. It takes a value hierarchy to decry value hierarchies. If you like a good story, you can’t be an honest anarchist.
It is important also to see that the histories of men who have intentionally dismantled their ideals through philosophy and word games, (men like F. Nietzsche, for example) live to regret it in their personal lives. Only chaos ensues in a world with no more heroes. But the intellectual bankruptcy of so-called “post” modernism is old hat to anyone watching: we are all cynics now, unless we are born again.
The cool thing is that, because you are a Christian, and thus care less about arguing for the existence of value hierarchies with faithless, loud skeptics, and you care more about building a life in harmony with the values that you know to be true.
That is, you already know your value hierarchy, the answers to my opening questions. It, and all great symbols, stories and songs, are a molding artistry that has, by the power of words, grown your self-image as a reflection of these most explicit ideals.
It is one thing to have this happen to you. It is another to be aware of it and control it for your own benefit. It is a third to apply the thinking to raising Christians.
Starting at square one: learn your own explicit ideals by translating the 1st note you already took into something more elaborate.
Secondly, discovering that you are disappointed with your ideals is the first step to changing them.
Better than all, as long as Christians draw breath, this world will not be void of heroes, both people, like you, who find your hopes enlivened by all truly good stories and people, like you, who head off to the heavenly war against the darkness every day, because that is the story you’ve been given by a God whom you trust implicitly, thanks, of course, to the union you have with his Son, Jesus Christ.
Therefore be imitators of … Christ [who] loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:1-2).
Until next time,
Be strong, and let your heart know courage.