“I daresay we‘ve heard a bit about original sin, but not nearly enough about original glory, which comes before sin and is deeper to our nature. We were crowned with glory and honor. Why does a woman long to be beautiful? Why does a man hope to be found brave? Because we remember, if only faintly, that we were once more than we know.” – John Eldredge (Epic)
I finally saw the first two Lord of the Rings movies: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. I’m captivated by the character of Aragorn, the king without a kingdom. His glory is buried deep within. He doesn’t believe that he is a king, but something within him wants to be. He fights bravely. He has trained for greatness, but he wanders.
We are so much like him, except with even less understanding of our true glory. We build counterfeit kingdoms with little concept of the reign we were meant for.