“Where have all the heroes gone?” That question was posed to me not too long ago.
I tried to remember my childhood heroes, but I drew a blank. I guess men in capes and tights just don’t stick with you for long. Even into teenage and young adult years I couldn’t recall many.
When you think about a hero, who comes to your mind? What are the qualifiers?
Adler Felix said, “The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.”
I guess past heroes didn’t have much staying power for me maybe because their lives didn’t set up any blazing torches for me to see by.
So what makes a hero?
Hebrews 11 is a good place to start. These men’s lives had staying power because they believed God and acted on that belief. Their faith, though they are dead, still speaks to us today. (Hebrews 11:4) They responded to God in faith and because they did, their torches blaze in the dark streets of our lives teaching us how to walk by faith.
Really, scripture is full of heroes whose lives still teach and guide. All of whom walked in obedience to their God and counted their loss as gain. Men and women who surrendered all they had because they believed God.
Yet, none of them thought of themselves as heroes.
As I thought about that, I began to recognize more heroes in my life. The men and women who have faithfully mentored me not only by their words, but by their obedient walk. The ones whose wisdom and wise counsel have guided me through difficult times and who have lived out before me a life that honors God.
Heroes choose to mentor those coming behind them. Not for the accolades of man but for the glory of their Heavenly Father. Not because they want to be heroes, but because they know how important that blazing torch has been in their own lives and they want to offer that same light to another life.
Being a hero is costly. It requires sacrifice of time and comfort. It requires stepping out in faith and walking in obedience, even when it’s hard. Like the heroes in Hebrews 11, heroes' sacrifices are pleasing, their soul's desire is to please God, they obey even when the world laughs and jeers, they go when God says go, they do what is not humanly possible, they're willing lay their idols on the alter, and the list goes on and on…all because of their faith.
Who are your heroes? Better yet, who might need you to be a hero, a blazing torch in the dark streets of their life for them to see by?
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