Mr. Miyagi’s Bane


In quietness and confidence will be your strength.

                                                Isaiah 30:15

He rubbed his slightly bearded chin in contemplation. In a slightly hoarse voice the man just reminded his young apprentice, “Wax on, wax off.”  That is how he set one karate kid in motion. A little man, who it appeared single-handedly, was be able to change the course of one frustrated young man’s life.

Mr. Miyagi was a master, a mentor, and a very special friend to Daniel. His little world was picture perfect hiding in the middle of run down chaos. He always had the right word to say at the right time. Mr. Miyagi was the man who was much bigger on the inside than his small frame suggested.

However, like every hero he had his bane, his kryptonite: that one little thing that threatened to ruin all the good he was doing. It was a broken relationship that he never let go of and mourned. It turned him to drink away his deep sorrow. When Mr. Miyagi opened himself up to the pain, he lost what control he had. For that short moment, the student saw his teacher with his faults and weaknesses exposed. Mr. Miyagi was an emotional train crash.

It’s hard to see your heroes as flawed. However, anyone who wears human flesh and is born in this world is going to fall far from perfect. The only one who did have it together was also God. So, you are not comparing apples to apples. Sometime or another our friends, family, heroes, and “gods” will do something we don’t think heroes should do.

It made me think that we all struggle with something. There is that hole that keeps us from being whole. That is the bane we all harbor no matter how we think we have it all together. God designed us with a hole in our lives that only He can fill. He designed us to rise in fellowship and not become a solo pilot. The Devil tried that one and look how well that idea flew.

So, heroes are heroes when they have a hole filled with the right stuff. Imperfect people have a chance at life because they have taken on a real perfection they can’t generate.

Their hero symbol they wear over their heart is a “W”. Can you guess why?  Send me your thoughts and we will reveal the answer this weekend.



About gpavants

I am a writer and a teacher. I feel my platform is to encourage people to live a life of faith.
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