What Makes A Hero?

What makes a hero? As children we hear the firefighters are heroes. People who have served in the armed forces are heroes. And of course, as children we watch and read about many several super heroes. But what makes a person a hero?

It's obviously not having super powers because there is no such thing. No matter how much money we dump into Hollywood, super heroes of that kind do not exist.

I like to think that a hero does something that the majority of people do not want to do. Sometimes it's by choice, such as choosing to be a firefighter. Sometimes it's someone who can maintain a positive attitude as they face horrible news.

A hero is someone who goes above and beyond for the sake of someone else. That may look like making a meal during a difficult time. Or donating an organ. Bringing extra food at lunch to share with someone you know will be hungry. I would run out of space for this post before I run out of examples of how we can be a hero to someone else.

Another characteristic of a hero is humbleness. If you provide for someone in need and shout about it from the rooftops, it just isn't the same as someone who just meets a need because it needs to be met. Both individuals are doing great things by meeting a need. But I would argue that anyone who needs to talk about their contributions would not be considered a hero. They are helping mankind but I wouldn't call them a hero.

In a world that is full of so much ugly and pain, wouldn't it be nice if we all showed up as a hero to someone? We all have gifts, talents and abilities. This world is filled with hurting people. What if we took a minute to notice how blessed we all are. And then take the next minute to think about who in our lives, we could come alongside and help in some way. In any way.

Being a hero shouldn't be our main goal. Loving the people in our world should be. If we all took some time to make someone else's life a little easier, think of what our communities would look like. There would be a lot of people who would benefit from our help. And I would imagine that a lot of people out there would say they know a hero.

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