Several years ago I was in a movie theatre watching the first Chronicles of Narnia. I was prepared for a powerful gospel presentation at the end of the movie, but I was unprepared to find myself breaking down crying during mid-movie.
During an epic war scene, Peter, the eldest child and high King of Narnia, led his righteous army into battle but had to order his forces to fallback because they were clearly being overtaken. While he was bringing up the rear of his brigade his horse was shot out from underneath him. When he finally gained his composure and rose to his feet, it was too late to run, the enemy was upon him.
That is when my favorite scene begins.
A great Centaur named Orius, half horse-half man, who was second in command to Peter, witnessed him falling and leaped forward to face the enemy. In an act of self-sacrifice to protect his King, the noble warrior charged countless soldiers that were about to destroy Peter. One by one, he wreaked havoc on his foes, until he came to the evil Queen who was surrounded by scores of dark warriors. Certainly knowing the impossibility of victory, but driven by his fierce loyalty, he single handily attacked an adversary who was far greater in power than him. The scene ended with the wicked Queen stabbing him and the stout-hearted Orius being turned to stone.
Watching this I broke down. The Bible says, “greater love has no man than this, than a man lays down his life for a friend”. That night I began to ask myself, would I lay my life down for a friend? As I began to ponder this thought and begin shaping it into a question in my prayer life before God, it changed to the question. “Am I a loyal person?”. I thought about the movie and I realized I was impacted not by the main character, Peter, but Orius, a supporting character. This became another great question to ask myself. “Do I always have to be the main role or can I be a great support?”
I think many people spend time thinking about their desire to have great friends. I wonder however, how many people spend time thinking about how they can be a great friend to others.
Tonight I am flying back from working with some ministry partners who are transitioning from a ministry they have been doing for a long time. I am realizing how fast seasons can change. Jobs change, locations change, organizations change, but one thing can endure for as long as we live on this earth and it is friendship. I might not ever go back to the city where my friends worked. I might not ever sit in a board meeting talking about strategy for the church they led. But one thing I hope for, is that wherever my friends live, and no matter what they do, we will stay connected. Loyalty is the glue of friendships. I hope that at the end of my life I will be remembered by my friends as one who was loyal to them. I pray that the people around me will see me as an “Orius” for them.
“Orius” for them.