Strength, Bravery & Compassion: Lessons I Learned from Wonder Woman

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I have six lovely sisters, a strong and wise mother, a loving and devoted grandmother, and many brave, funny, beautiful sister-friends. I’ve worked as a youth leader for young girls, at a pregnancy center for young mothers, and a rehabilitation center for women fighting addiction. What I want most for all the women I’ve cherished in my life is that they would know and love the Lord, and in doing so be their truest, fullest, and most alive selves, all for His glory and their abundant joy.

God gave me a passion for working with women and girls, and you know how I felt when I watched Wonder Woman? Empowered. Positively electrified.

Diana, also known as Wonder Woman, is portrayed so powerfully by Gal Gadot, and is a strong, fierce, and brave warrior. Beyond that, I noticed something else: she’s lifelike. Sure, none of us have Wonder Woman’s magical powers and superhuman strength (although a good argument could be made for my mom), but there’s a lot of things about her that I see in the lives of the women that I know.

You see, Wonder Woman was strong and fierce…but she also loved babies. She was a skilled fighter, but she was also compassionate. She used her strength to stand up for those who could not stand up for themselves. She was perseverant, sexy, kind, and hardworking. Sometimes she was headstrong. Sometimes she was afraid. She laughed and cried and loved and worked.

Finally, a movie where a woman is portrayed in all of her beautiful complexity.

God has made us all complex and wonderful.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

-Psalm 139:14-16

 wonderfully made

A strong woman is brave. She learns to face her fears, however big, or small they may be. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of fears. I want to face them, and keep facing them, until they no longer stare me down – until I rise above them.

A strong woman is compassionate. She lifts others up, and will take great risks to help those who cannot help themselves. As she rises in strength and bravery, she finds joy in bringing others up with her. She looks to the needs of others as greater than her own, and is selfless, laying down her life to serve others.

A strong woman has a vision beyond herself. Diana’s vision was to defeat Ares and stop the war, but you and I have a vision as well. We are called to serve the Lord, to know Him, love Him, and share the story of His love with others. We are called to love God fully, share the gospel, clothe the needy, and love our neighbors. We serve One greater than ourselves, and have a vision that stretches far beyond ourselves.

A strong woman is honest about what breaks her heart. Diana suffers loss and heartache, like all of us will at times in our life. She doesn’t run from that either. She realizes that through her pain, strength is found, and in the end, we are only healed by coming to terms with the suffering we have walked through.

A strong woman heals through love. A strong woman is not afraid to love fiercely, deeply, and courageously. She lives with a heart that is open to love, even though it is painful to be so vulnerable. She is healed by the love of God in her heart, and remains soft and pliable to His hand. She is made stronger when she surrounds herself with other godly, loving people who point her to Christ.


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