Captain America is a hero. I love it when he’s about to dive out of a plane after Thor and Ironman – insane – and Natasha Romonanawhatever says “You better sit this one out Cap, those guys are basically gods.” And Captain America – obviously a born-again, Jesus-loving guy says, “There’s only one God ma’am, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.” That’s a hero talking – he doesn’t think he’s special. He KNOWS God is special.
Some folks THINK they’re heroes (or at least have weirdly distorted views of themselves). Two quick examples:
Kanye West: He said in 2013 that every night he takes the stage to perform, he is endangering his life. “I’m just giving of my body on stage … I’m putting my life at risk. This is like being a police officer or war or something.” Sorry…shaking your booty on stage in no way qualifies you for hero status. Even if you claim that you’re bootylicious.
Tom Cruise: He says his location shoots are just like serving a tour in Afghanistan. “That’s what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal.”
BRUTAL?!?! BRUTAL?!?!? THE CHANCE OF GETTING YOUR LEGS BLOWN OFF BY AN IED IS BRUTAL (all caps because I’m actually yelling right now). A MOVIE SHOOT DOESN’T QUALIFY AS BRUTAL!
Police officers, firemen, and military personnel are the guys who run INTO destruction when everyone else is running AWAY from it. They are heroes that cotton candy powder puff actors and booty shakers WISH they were. Get. Real.
Someone who has made it big – is not necessarily someone who
has done a big thing.
But besides those notable heroes in our society, the truth is there are thousands of ordinary people pulling out all the stops day in and day out over YEARS, just to bless those they love.
My personal BEST example: Joe. Joe had three kids, then he and his wife had a preemie. Surprise!
In a situation that would make many men (who are actually boys in adult bodies) run and abandon their responsibilities, Joe was a hero. A REAL man inside that adult body. So that his wife could stay home, take care of that little boy, and so that the other three kids were taken care of, Joe did this:
He went to work every day. All day. Just like everyone else. Came home. Ate dinner, went to bed. THEN got up at 2 am, went to the newspaper office where he folded papers for hours, then went out and threw those papers. Then went to work at 8 am just like the day before.
Every. Hard. Harsh. Long. Day. For years.
Joe is a hero for me. I feel like a total and complete wuss compared to Joe. And there are thousands of “Joes” all around. Folks pounding it out with character and discipline day after day for the love of family and the love of Jesus. And most people who would just say “easier said than done.”
Here’s a simple definition for a hero: An ordinary person facing life’s circumstances and acting with courage, honor, and self-sacrifice (see how nicely that fits Captain America and Joe?).
And here’s what I know about you. God has called you to be a hero for some people in your life. And as He’s calling you, He’s not going to leave you alone to do it by yourself.
Know this: The eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9
Now go be a hero for someone today.
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