What Makes a Hero?
Ready to Risk Everything?...
How many risk do you take each day? What do you call a risk? Heroes take risk, every time they step out to help someone. There is tension in taking risk, otherwise it would not be a risk at all. So follow along with me as we look at risk.
There is risk in being a hero, like once you decide to be a hero your life will never be the same, the people you help might not even want your help, you might fail along the way or you might find out life is not just about you as you become a hero. Risk are everywhere but as a hero the risk you take are for other people.
We all take risk, we take them everyday, but most of the risk that we take are for ourselves and we benefit from them. A hero takes risk for other people and for them to benefit. Which means you could lose something for someone else’s sake.
Dictionary.com defines risk this way:
“exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance” so you could get hurt or you could lose something, when you step out as a hero to help someone.
Romans 15:2b-3 puts it this way.
“Asking ourselves, "How can I help?" That's exactly what Jesus did. He didn't make it easy for himself by avoiding people's troubles, but waded right in and helped out. "I took on the troubles of the troubled," is the way Scripture puts it.”
Jesus jumped right into our troubles and took risks to save us. A hero is a person who jumps right on in and helps people out of their troubles.
When were you saved by a hero? Can you remember a time that someone came along and took risk for you? Chances are it has happened to you. The person who came in to help you out did not ask if you wanted help, they did not ask themselves if they should help, they just jumped in and helped. We need to do the same. We need to ask “How can I help?” Then we need to jump in and help. It is a risk, but that is what heroes take everyday. It is in the fabric of a hero.
We need to only look to the hero Jesus Christ to know what a hero is and what a hero does. So step out and become a hero. Ask “How can I help?” Then do something to change and impact the person who needs help! Take a risk and be a hero to someone who needs a hero.
The person you help will never be the same and you will never be the same.
Decisions, we all have them, what will we do with the day, what we will eat, what will we wear as we head out the door. Some decisions are easy and we make them with out any thought. Like breakfast for me, every morning, the same thing 1/2 a cup of slow cook oatmeal, with a banana and a cup of coffee. Keeping some decisions simple well it helps keep our lives simple, and less complicated.
Heroes have decisions to make as well and when we take a look at them they are not always so easy to make. Think about this statement, “strength is for service not status.” A hero has the character trait of strength, which can be physical strength, or mental strength. No matter which one it is a hero can stand up in the storm and have confidence that they can face it. Heroes are strong that way. But with great strength there is a decision to be made, use your strength for status or use your strength for service. A true hero understands that their strength is to be used to serve others. Some false hero’s use their strength for status.
Isn’t that the way it is in any great action story you have people with great strength who serve and defend people, and you have a villain who seeks to use their strength for their status. The true hero ends up fighting the villain who only seeks personal gain and status. They both have incredible strength, but only one is a true hero.
Strength alone does not make one a hero. A hero chooses to use their strength to serve others. Many people have great strength, but only a few every become a hero, because only a few ever choose to use their strength to serve others.
Think about the people who are hero’s to you, you see them as someone with strength, and you pull from and have access to their strength because they choose to serve you. If they did not serve you and give you a greater vision for your life you would not see them as a hero.
As we continue our journey this summer we need to ask this question. “When will we take our strength and choose to serve those who need our strength?” Everyone of us has strength everyone of us can serve others, it is a decision to use our strength to serve that make us all heroes.
Mark 10:45 “That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served-- and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage."
Posted by CH
Everyone loves a hero, we look up to them and we imagine ourselves being one someday. But just what is a hero?
Dictionary.com defines a hero as.
he·ro [heer-oh] noun, plural heroes.
1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.
The world loves a hero, look at movies and books, they are crammed packed with hero’s doing what hero’s do, saving people or themselves.
Here’s a question for you what about a person who stands up against the odds to do something that is against the culture, or the way everyone else does it? Could that person be a hero? Or what about a person who does something, like saving a life but is never noticed or recognized for it, could that person be a hero? Or what about you could you be a hero, could you do something that changes a persons life so they are never the same, change them for the better, could you do that? Would that make you a hero?
Here is my definition of a hero. “A person, who makes a radial impact on another person causing that person to be completely changed because of the interaction or experience.” In your mind would that be a hero? If you agree, then be encouraged, you are already a hero... We all love hero’s and we are all hero’s waiting for the chance to do what hero’s do...”Save a life.”
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