What does it take to make a true hero? Our Veterans offer ideas.
My Grandfather was a Navy pilot over Japan in WWII, and I can easily see why he and those who served with him are “the greatest generation.” He is strong, kind, generous, faithful, a God-fearing, family-loving, flag-flying American, and I love him for all that. He fits my definition of a true hero although he would scoff at it if I were to tell him that.
What Defines a True Hero?
Must a true hero carry a weapon or defeat an enemy? Must he wage war? Must a true hero train tirelessly? Workout daily to keep in shape or deny himself? Must a true hero stand up to evil and, perhaps more importantly, stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves?
We cannot compare ourselves to the greatest shown by our nation’s military, but single moms can be true Christian heroes to our families at home and to those in our community.
A true hero must carry the Word of God, not as a weapon of death but of life to defeat the enemies of death and destruction. A true hero must wage war against injustice and fallacy. He must workout daily, practicing his faith or it becomes lost, like an unused muscle or forgotten mathematical formula. A true hero must not allow evil to flourish and must stand up for what is good and right.
Sometimes the most difficult evil to beat down is that which grows within yourself. We all have a piece of us that will be bad and prosper if we allow it. Whether it is the evil of anger, jealousy, fear, lust, greed, laziness, gossip, or something else it is in each of us. If we do not take a close look at how we walk with the Lord daily, we may end up behind the enemy lines within ourselves.
So you too can be a true hero, but it takes a decision each day. Will you do those things a true hero does to make today a better day in a better world or will you succumb to all the unholy traps and temptations we are surrounded by in the here and now? Will you be a leader others can look up to? Will you give in to the temptation to throw in the towel, to quit, to lie down, to give up or will you keep your face trained on the Light, approaching like the tortoise most days – slow and steady – and not give in to the very understandable and very human temptations of our world?
This call to be a true hero is not an easy one and many will mock the challenges I have presented, but that is why heroes are not found in every one. A hero is a special person, not the every day run of the mill man or woman we meet.
Single moms can be true heroes to their children, to other struggling women, to their churches, to their communities, and to their world. Look in the mirror. Ask yourself. Take the challenge and retake it every day for the rest of your life. Will you be a true hero today?
And a special thank you must go out to all the true heroes who keep us safe every night, who protect us in ways we cannot protect ourselves. Veteran’s Day is celebrated so that we may remember you. If you are an active duty, Reserve, or retired Veteran today and you are a true hero in God’s eyes and in the eyes of your family, thanking you just deosn’t seem enough. We are blessed to have such fine men and women in our troops. God Bless you and your families. _______________________________________________________________________________
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the LORD.