Who Are Your Heroes?
“You can be sure of this: The Lord set apart the godly for himself.”
~ Psalm 4:3a
Charles L. Swindoll wrote: “Up-front heroes are often seen as being larger than life. Overstated. That's unfortunate. Because they are public figures, folks think of them as broad-shouldered giants who can leap tall buildings in a single bound.” Since most people would be able to name many “up-front heroes”, I will not take up the space in doing so.
Then there are the quiet unsung heroes. In some people's opinion, they are able to “leap tall buildings in a single bound” because of the kindness they express in a variety of ways. So what makes up a unrecognized hero to you? Let's examine one example.
An unsung hero is a relative of mine. One day, three feral young cats landed on his outside steps. Because of his two pet rabbits living inside his home, taking them in was not an option. The animal control in his area would probably end up killing them, so he made the decision to assume the responsibility of making sure they were properly cared for and given nutritious food. He lives in an area that has extremely cold winters so he provides individual houses with beds and a warming cat-pad to keep them safely tucked away from the harsh winds and snow.
Simply because of the quiet time he spends with each one every day, a female who in the beginning was very leery of him, eventually found him her forever-friend and hero. Instead of hissing when he would get to close to her, she now rewards him each day by purring and talking (meowing) with him as he prepares the food. Ralph Waldo Emerson stated: “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late”. For the three feral cats, this quiet unrecognized hero did not wait too long; because of his kindness, their lives were spared and safe. It should come as no surprise that this man does countless acts of kindness for his friends, family, strangers, and other animals.
In Psalm 16 David defined who his heroes were. He stated: “The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them!” David was delighted by the company of “godly people”. Also, he desired to be around them because their faith reinforced his. David recognized them by their godly words, deeds, and actions and that resulted in glorifying God “in the land”, and by their examples they became his “heroes”.
As God's people, we are called to be people with an inner foundation of devout core values. So, why not become an example of a godly, quiet, and unsung hero in your land. Why not deliver a meal to a neighbor or friend who is a shut-in or run an errand for them, or help an animal in need.
David McCasland wrote: “In living for Jesus, our content is far more important than our cover. We are here for more than show”. What better reflects this, than an example of someone taking care of some of God's innocent animals?
Lord God, thank You for sending to us the perfect hero; Your Son Jesus Christ. Help us to become godly heroes in our land. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington