The scene is the first open-field combat between the Scots and the English at Stirling, from the movie Braveheart. In the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and under the command of nobles who have already lost heart and wish to “compromise”, the rag-tag Scottish army wavers and is on the verge of breaking before the battle even begins. William Wallace appears, and he speaks…
“I am William Wallace.
And I see a whole army of my countrymen,
Here in defiance of tyranny!
You have come to fight as free men.
And free you are!
What will you do without freedom?"
"Fight and you may die.
Run and you will live…at least awhile.
And dying in your bed many years from now,
would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies…
that they may take our lives-
but they will never take our freedom.!”
As men, we revel in the fierceness, the courage, the passion, the danger of this scene. And, even if only for a moment, it stirs something deep within us. But, faced with life, work, making ends meet, just surviving to the end of the week, or maybe just the end of the day, we find ourselves feeling and living more like compromising nobles who are without heart, than like William Wallace.
John Eldredge, in his book ‘Wild at Heart’ writes, “…the reason most men live lives of quiet desperation is because men have been told that the reason God put them on earth is to be a good boy. To be nice.” But, as an image-bearer, one who is made in the image and likeness of God, there is so much more to the heart of a man than being “nice”.
God has placed a wildness in the heart of every man. We want a great adventure…We want to take risks…to save the day…to be the hero. We want to dare the mighty thing. We want our lives to count for something more than a 401k. If you want what is rightfully yours, what God himself has stamped into your heart and soul, you’ll have to fight for it. You’ll have to fight for your freedom.
Does this call you to live in a greater story? Perhaps Mythically? Consider this:
You awake to find yourself in the midst of a great and terrible war. It is, in fact, our most desperate hour. Your King and dearest Friend calls you forth. Awake, come fully alive, your good heart set free and blazing for him, and for those yet to be rescued. You have a glory that is needed. You are given a quest, a mission that will take you deep into the kingdom of darkness, to breakdown gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron so that your people might be set free from their bleak prisons. He asks that you heal them. Of course, you will face many dangers; you will be hunted.
Would you try to do this alone?
Something stronger than fate has chosen you. Evil will hunt you. And so a fellowship must protect you.
-John Eldredge, Waking the Dead, p186
But it is not a battle you must fight alone. Join us for a four day journey into the heart of God, and into the heart of man…your heart. And the battle for your heart is filled with adventure, and danger, and beauty.