How to Find the Triforce in Real Life

 

Triforce

Disclaimer: The Legend of Zelda is one of my favorite game series. I don’t love everything about it, especially the garbage involving “goddesses” and dark magic. I won’t deny that Zelda games often have questionable material, so use discretion if you decide to play (or let your kids play) the games. Ultimately, this article isn’t really about Zelda, but something much more important instead.

The triforce is a magical relic from the Legend of Zelda series. It consists of three golden triangles. Each of the three triangles represents a different quality.

  • Courage
  • Wisdom
  • Power

In real life we don’t have to worry about magical golden triangles.

So how do we find the triforce in real life? Much more important than the pieces of the triforce themselves are the attributes that they represent. The attributes of courage, wisdom, and power are very important in our lives.

Triforce of Courage

The main character of The Legend of Zelda is Link. Link is special because he (typically) wields the triforce of courage.

What makes Link so courageous? Your first thought may be the dangerous dungeons and monsters that he faces. It’s true that Link perseveres through some frightening challenges, but it’s not the challenges themselves that make Link stand out.

Link’s motivation to travel into danger is never for selfish gain.

  • He is impartial to who he helps. Lowly or rich.
  • He doesn’t help for selfish gain. In fact, he’s very quiet and humble.
  • He doesn’t give up when times are tough.

Link has a desire to help people in need. His courage isn’t motivated by selfish gain. His courage is motivated by love.

Link, however, has one huge flaw. He is a fictional character. You, on the other hand, are real. Christians are also called to be courageous in the name of love. Are you willing to serve God, even when it:

  • Is uncomfortable?
  • May make you less popular?
  • Involves danger?
  • Involves personal sacrifice?

In addition to all of this, are you willing to love and serve without partiality?

James 2 (ESV)

1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called? 8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. 14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe–and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”–and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Triforce of Wisdom

Seeking wisdom and reading the Bible are extremely important. Don’t know where to start with reading the Bible? Check out this other Zelda article: It’s Dangerous to go Alone! Take This!

Wisdom is a crucial part of our lives as Christians.

Proverbs 2 (ESV)

1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; 3 yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, 5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; 10 for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; 11 discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, 12 delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech, 13 who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, 14 who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, 15 men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways. 16 So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, 17 who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; 18 for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed; 19 none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life. 20 So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it, 22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Triforce of Power

Ah, the triforce of power. I have a special soft spot for this piece of the triforce.

“But isn’t that the evil piece of the triforce that desires power!?”

That depends on how you look at it. Yes, traditionally the triforce of power is held by Ganon (who is one bad dude). That doesn’t, however, mean that the triforce of power is bad in and of itself.

When you think of power, you probably automatically associate the word with other negative ideas. A few might be:

  • Desire for influence
  • Greed
  • Brutality

I can’t blame you for thinking this. People like Ganondorf, Sauron, Darth Vader, and Voldemort tend to crave some type of power. Power isn’t always a bad thing, though. Dictionary.com defines power as:

1. ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something.

Sometimes it can be difficult to act in power. After all, it’s easy to sit on the sidelines and just enjoy life. As Christians we are called to accomplish things with God’s help. God’s power can work in us.

What types of things are we called to do? Well, there are a lot of good things we can do, but let’s keep it simple for now.

Take a look at this section of Romans 12 (or read the whole chapter here!)

Romans 12:9-21 (ESV)

9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

We are called to overcome evil with good. We are called to genuine love.

Do you have the capability to accomplish good? If God is in your life, then you can love with power. Don’t sit on the sidelines and live an average life. Work hard and focus on loving God and others.

My brother in Christ, Everett, recently introduced me to a new band that sings an awesome song about living with power:

Day after day they continue to die so we think our prayers go unheard,

but poverty ends where compassion begins.

We can no longer deny it’s up to us.
It’s up to us!
We are the chosen ones, called to be bold!
There is no time to hesitate.
Today is the day we can break the mold!

Can you see the possibilities?
We have the ability to change the world!
If we want to see a change we have to be it.
Stand up & believe that the responsibility’s ours!

-Memphis May Fire (Possibilities)

Listen to the song here or read all of the lyrics here!

Don’t be fooled into thinking that money, fame, or influence equal power.

Love is where the real power comes from, and love is from God.

Romans 13:8-14 (ESV)

8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Speaking of love, I love you guys! I’m praying for you!

-Caleb

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