According to Merriam-Webster, a hero is “a person admired for achievements and noble qualities, one who shows great courage, an object of extreme admiration and devotion.” As you consider this definition, who comes to mind? It may be a superhero, a character in a movie or book, or a celebrity. It may be someone more personal such as a parent, a teacher, a student, a manager, or a coworker.
Connecting bridges to history makes us curious about the lives of those who traveled the bridges. How they made an impact on others then and how they make an impact on us now. Though we may wonder about their lives, we have writings about other heroes in the Bible. Some of these amazing individuals are listed in Hebrews 11, what we traditionally call the “Hall of Faith.” Their lives of faith are sprinkled throughout Scripture. They are our heroes.
Our heroes from the past have given us an example. They were not perfect. They made mistakes. Their testimonies of faith teach us to remain faithful, to not give up, and to endure.
Our heroes are with us today. People whose lives are testimonies. They demonstrate heroism through their faithfulness in adversity. They sacrifice for others. They put others before themselves. They are not perfect. They make mistakes. And their testimonies today encourage us to stay faithful, to not give up, and to endure.
Our role? Be the hero for your hero. If they are down, be their encourager. If they are alone, be their companion. If they are physically unable to do something, be their helping hand. If they lack a need, be the anonymous person that takes care of it. If they need to cry and share, be their attentive ear. May our testimony be one of faith!
Our Faith Connection: Identify your hero. Write them a note or treat them to a meal, thank them, and tell them how they have impacted your life. Then, identify how you can be their hero. How can you help them? Take a few minutes to listen to this amazing song by Casting Crowns that so beautifully describes our “Heroes.”
Lord, thank You for the examples of those who have gone before us and those we know today. Thank You for their example of a life of faith. May I be sensitive to the needs of others that I may be able to help, and may I live a life of faithful devotion to You. In Your name, Amen.