Who is your hero? This question evokes myriad responses. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes for all sorts of reasons. Your hero could be a parent, a sibling, a politician, a peace activist, a teacher, a sports star, an inventor, or a friend. Fairy tales and novels tell tales of heroes and heroines, and comics and cartoons entertain us with “Super Heroes” who leap tall buildings and save our cities from disaster. Television contributes with shows like Heroes, The Greatest American Hero, Batman and Robin, and plenty more. We like them. We want to be them.
The news frequently features stories where an ordinary person jumped into raging waters, lifted a heavy object, or stepped onto a subway track to rescue someone in distress. When interviewed and told that they were a hero for performing such a great feat, many will often respond with, “I’m no hero, I just did what had to be done.” The sad reality is not everyone is willing to “do what has to be done.” It isn’t always that intuitive or instinctive.
What constitutes a hero?
We live in a culture quick to create heroes and heroines, and there is no short supply of people desiring to claim that title, either. Maybe there is a better way to qualify a hero:
- Who inspires and challenges you to be better?
- Whom do you admire?
- Who do you know (not necessarily on a personal level) who makes the world a better place?
What is IT about these people?
- Ability to see beyond?
- Lives for others?
- Believes in the impossible?
- All the above and then some?
I do have heroes and heroines in this life, people who inspire, challenge, and show me hope. They make me better. They help me see farther. I can stand taller because of them. I aspire to be like them in their values and actions. Whom are you inspiring? How are you inspiring others to love and good deeds? Are you willing to do what has to be done? The world needs you and a new kind of hero!
On Girlfriendit Radio This Week:
Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of 14 historical romance, suspense and contemporary novels. We discussed the background and dynamics of her latest book, Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor (keeping family secrets, and a character with autism).
Dr. Natalie Eastman is the author of Women, Leadership, and the Bible: How Do I Know What to Believe? A Practical Guide to Biblical Interpretation. Such a great discussion about fears women face when it comes to exploring the Bible about the topic of women in church leadership roles.
Inspired to inspire,
Patty and Lisa
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:16, NIV
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” ~ Hebrews 10:24, NLT