Not all heroes wear a Superman outfit with a cape. Heroes come in all sorts of forms, large, small, male, female, and some are furry and from the animal kingdom.
I tried this topic in my mind at least, this last week. It didn’t come out as I wished it to so I’m trying it again. There were some triggers that brought to mind the idea of heroes.
One trigger was of the war stories I’ve been receiving, but there was a gentle reminder a while back on what is a hero?
There are the obvious heroes who like those who ran back into the burning buildings on 9/11 or the people on D Day who ran onto the beaches in defense of others. These heroes should be remembered and hailed as the outstanding individuals that they have been.
Yet, here are some other individuals who should receive a nod of approval. A young husband and wife who remain true to their commitment to forsake all others until death do us part—daily—in order to live, love, and raise their children especially in the light of God’s instruction.
A father who gets up every day in order to earn a living to take care of his family is also a hero. This is someone who gives not just money but time and care for his dependents putting their needs ahead of his own.
A mother who arises in the morning to take care of others, husband or children or perhaps some other dependent, this is a hero as well.
Or perhaps it’s a grandparent, as in my grandparents, who took care of their grandchildren giving their time and resources to succor the young people in their life.
Young or old, people who do the right things. These folks often are not seen as great or heroic, not even by themselves, yet they still do those almost mundane acts.
Doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do doesn’t always win fireworks and accolades but to do it in the first place is noteworthy, and to do so daily is heroic.
12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of Jehovah; They shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and green:
15 To show that Jehovah is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.