Hero Worship-A New Definition

Heroes should be ordinary.

Heroes should be ordinary.

Hero worship-a longing amongst humans to see the nature of God revealed to us.

My apologies to Webster, who’s definition for ‘hero’ looks more like ‘a man of distinguished character’ or a ‘demigod’ or the ‘principal male character in a book or movie’.

I’ve always struggled with the word ‘hero’, and the concept of hero worship. Everyone knows that the brain children of cartoonists don’t exist. And there’s nothing heroic about running across the turf with an odd-shaped pigskin clutched in one’s grasp. What’s heroic about doing what you’re paid millions to do?

True heroes quietly do for others what no one pays them to do—just like Jesus did. They wash our feet with acts of kindness; their kind words and selfless actions quench our thirst for the revelation of God’s nature in our midst.

A hero affirms the nature of God by selfless acts in silence and without fanfare.

Heroes be like:

-A young woman who confronts sin in her life and has the courage to ask forgiveness of both God and those she has hurt.
-A couple who shares their struggle with the consequences of sexual abuse so that others might find healing.
-A student who sees a hurting classmate and reaches out—even if the ‘cool’ kids ignore the situation.
-the family caregiver who spends every spare minute taking care of a someone they love, denying their own goals, ambitions and desires in cheerfully serving someone other than self.
-the person at the blood bank donating blood so a stranger has life.

A true hero points us to God. Look around you today and take a moment to acknowledge the acts of the everyday heroes in your life. A simple “Thank you for___” will suffice. No press conference required.

Tell me about the heroes in your life!

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a 'recovering cancer caregiver' who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • I love your definition of hero: “A true hero points us to God.” Well said. Glad I found you via Five Minute Fridays. Blessings!
    Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith recently posted…What Is Imprinted on Your Heart?My Profile

    • Thanks, Mari-Anna! I love the FMF crowd and can’t wait to settle down with my mug of decaf latte to read everyone’s wonderful words!

  • Thank you for the link back to my site. Particularly sweet as I’m feeling far less than heroic these days.

    • You’re pointing us to God, Mary, and you and Patrick are choosing to be vulnerable in order to help us understand His true nature and how we can reflect it. Thank YOU!

  • “no press conference required”… I love that! This is so true – we are surrounded by unsung hero’s – most of whom prefer it that way!
    ~Karrilee~ recently posted…Hero – Five Minute FridayMy Profile

    • Thanks, Karrilee, and thank you for stopping by.

  • Laura Melchor

    Beautifully and wisely written. 🙂 We all have opportunities throughout our lives to point others to God, and this post helped me realize that!

    • JaneAnn

      Cheerfully serving. That is my prayer!

      • You’re one of those unsung heroes I was talking about, JaneAnn :). Hugs to you, and may you feel the Savior’s strength day by day and hour by hour.

    • Yes, we do! And thank you for the pointing you did this week :).

      • Laura Melchor

        🙂 All God! I didn’t even know I was doing it.

  • I love the way you’ve defined heroes here.
    You’re right of course, and it’s so simple and beautiful.
    Something to ponder.
    Cara Strickland recently posted…Unexpected Hero {five-minute Friday}My Profile

    • Thanks for stopping by, Cara :). Have a wonderful weekend.