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 even though he would scoff at me 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? Deny himself earthly comforts? Must a true hero stand up to evil or, 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. They are a breed of their own, heroes in the truest sense of the word. Single moms cannot be heroes in the same way, but single moms can be true Christian heroes to our families at home and to others in our communities.
A true hero must carry the Word of God, not as a weapon of death but as a promise 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 faith 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. Single moms are called to do all of this as well.
Sometimes the most difficult evil to beat down is the evil 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, distraction, selfishness, pride, or something else, evil 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 follow things a true hero does to make today a better day in a better world or will you succumb to unholy traps and temptations wanting us to surrender in the here and now? Will you be a leader others look up to? Will you give in to the temptation to throw in the towel, to quit, lie down, and give up or will you keep your face trained on the Light, approaching as if you’re in a painfully slow belly crawl in a desert most days? Will you maintain focus and not give in to the urge to jump ahead or become sidetracked by very understandable and very human temptations around you?
This call to be a true hero is not an easy one and many will mock the challenges I’ve presented, but that is why heroes are not found often. 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. Ask how you can honor our Veterans by being a true hero today.
When you look at the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make, how can we be any less than true heroes in our own lives. Together with God, they give us the freedom and opportunity to do better. We owe them that. By being heroes on the levels we are called rather than being whiners or quitters, we show them we are worth their sacrifice. We show them we take nothing for granted. We show them that it is personal. We show them we are grateful.
Ronald Reagan once said, “America is too great for small dreams.” It is one of my favorite quotes and has kept me going through tough times. Without the sacrifices of our Military, America would not be great and we could not dream! Today and every day, single moms are called to gratitude, sacrifice, and action that can make dreams come true. Don’t waste what True Heroes have Blessed us with. Be as heroic as you are called to be.
A special thank you to all the true heroes who keep us safe every night and protect us in ways we cannot protect ourselves. If you are an active duty, Reserve, or retired Veteran today and you are a true hero in the eyes of God and your family, thanking you just doesn’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.
~ Psalm 21:31
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