In our time, as in most times, we look up to those whom we think of as heroes. Often this admiration is well earned, such as those who are honored with the Purple Heart. Other medals also earn admiration and respect. This is good, for we each need some encouragement along the way even it be vicarious.
While browsing the other day, a definition of “hero” leaped off the page. While it was still airborne I speared it for use.
“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve.
“An ordinary person who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” This certainly broadens the field to qualify as a hero. Heroes are all around us. We pass them every day and fail to see them as heroes.
To keep on going when the going gets tough is a trait that qualifies for the title, hero.
Think of the people who endure the mind-boggling load of caring for aged parents, parents that are regressing into earlier stages of life and need the care normally reserved for infants. The caregivers are all around, but unless you are a relative or very close friend you are unaware of the load being carried by your acquaintance.
Take the couple where one of them is seriously mentally or emotionally challenged. Yet year in and year out the healthy one bears the burden and biblically speaking fulfills the wish of Christ, the ultimate burden bearer.
The doctor walks into the examination room and gently but honestly tells the patient, it’s cancer and you have around six months. Panic almost chokes the patient to death, but then, reality sets in and he/she deals with it and continues to love and cherish the people that matter, hoping, praying for an intervention from the Lord. Nevertheless, the will to keep on trucking, smiling as much as possible, going about the necessary daily things while strength permits, and, often forced, praising the Lord, anyhow.
The list of heroes surrounding us is very long and mostly unnoticed as the things that reveal heroes are taken for granted. Christ has and is making heroes everyday as He is trusted through the dark valleys of life.
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
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