There will be nothing singular in his case; and it is singularity which often makes the worst part of our suffering, as it always does of our conduct. ~ Lady Russell, Persuasion by Jane Austen

Singularity ~ n. ~ (special usage) a peculiarity or odd trait. — New Oxford American Dictionary

Lady Russell is speaking of Sir Walter Elliot’s overspending his budget into such debt that will require a drastic change in his way of living in order to be repaid. She is saying that he is not the only baron to overspend his income, and so should not suffer from thinking he is alone in his misconduct.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13a (ESV)

Nothing we suffer or are tempted into is unique. If we suffer with alcoholism, we are certainly not the first or the only. If we suffer with an eating disorder, we are not alone or anywhere near the first. If we are a compulsive liar, many have come before us and stand around us. There is absolutely nothing that we can struggle with that is wholly unique to us. And, therefore, that should give us some sense of comfort. We are not alone. Others have gone before us. And, if we reach out to God and we reach out to those who have overcome the obstacle we are facing, they can coach us through.

God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13b (ESV)

Ron Weasley was not the first boy to suffer from jealousy and insecurity; nor was he the first to turn his back on his friends. Hermione Granger was not the first know-it-all, nor the original rule-Nazi—there was, of course, Percy. Harry Potter was not the first one to take out his anger on his friends; or to say something (Sectumsempra) that he regretted. Severus Snape was not the first to make choices that led to the loss of the one he most loved….

No matter what we battle, we are not alone. Not in the Muggle world in which we live; nor in our Fandoms. We are all flawed, but there is hope of overcoming those flaws if we hold on to God and seek wise, godly counsel from those who have triumphantly gone before us.

Who is your favorite flawed Fandom character?

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