A hero is an ordinary person in extraordinary circumstances who takes the opportunity to do the hard thing. Maybe Oprah had a similar definition, so my apologies for any plagiarism. Anyway, I have a short list of men and women who are my heroes today. As I grow older, I may be a bit more cynical, but I purposefully keep my list short of people I consider heroes. My heroes are our soldiers, my children, missionaries, and matriarchs of my family heritage. They all faced different circumstances, but all have proven the same fortitude and deliberate actions that cause me to celebrate their faith and courage. I would like to introduce you to one of my heroes (or “sheroes,” as Maya Angelou calls them) Jean from A Mountain Too High. Her ongoing courage and love cause me to evaluate my own life to see where I can step up in the departments of unconditional love and selflessness. Her tender, innovative ways for caring for her husband who has Alzheimer’s is nothing less than heroic. She exemplifies Christ’s love to me. She simply acts in extraordinarily loving ways to save her husband each day from his progressing illness. Please drop over and say hi to Jean today and send her some encouragement for doing a noble thing. You will be blessed by her, too.
Who are your heroes? Let’s dedicate this post to celebrating unsung heroes. Take a moment and honor someone.
The hero, in living his own life, in being true to himself; radiates a light by which others may see their own way. “– Laurence G. Boldt