Some Interesting Facts About Heroes…
Today, I thought we might take a look at some interesting facts about heroes. Most of these things, I’m sure we already know, we just never stop to think about them. That doesn’t make them any less true.
For instance, we have a tendency to think of heroes as being…well, heroic! And being heroic, somehow bumps them up a little bit from the common mass of humanity. We forget, though, that even heroes are human. We have a tendency to overlook their flaws because of their “hero” status. Their actions sometimes make them larger than life. The thing is, in spite of their actions, even heroes still burp, fart and sneeze just like the rest of us!
Take a look at King David. Now, that guy was a hero! How many of us know a young teenager that would stand up to a giant? Not the comic book kind of giant, but a real, true-to-life giant that wants to rip us apart limb by limb. Most of the teenagers I know would have a hard time just putting down their video game (or cell phone) long enough to get off the couch!
But David? If you go back and read the story, you’ll find that when he stepped out on the field, David not only faced Goliath, but ran toward him! No hesitation. That’s how heroes are, ya know. That’s how David got to be king in the first place…by defeating the giant that nobody else had the courage to face. A remarkable feat, for a child, don’t ya think?
But, then we fast-forward a few years, to that incident with Bathsheeba, and we find that even though heroes are heroes, they are still also human beings, subject to human flaws. Even as a hero, David faced temptations that he failed to overcome. And, it’s also interesting to note that David had his own hero… God! Just read through some of the Psalms some time…
Speaking of David, this might be a good time to make an observation that we don’t often think about. David was a hero to the entire nation of Israel! David is an example of the rare kind of hero. David was a hero to a whole country. When we think of heroes, we often get it set in our minds that they are everyone’s heroes, just because that’s what we’ve made heroes out to be. But that’s not true.
It’s a rare hero, indeed, that is a hero to a nation. Then there are heroes who are heroes to a handful of people. But most heroes are only a hero to one person…the one they rescued. And while they are, on the one hand, nothing special, on the other, they are. They are a hero!
Let’s take a look at the mythical knight in shining armor, who rescues the damsel in distress. While it may have taken a courageous feat to slay the dragon, that knight is not my hero…nor is he yours. He’s a hero only to one person…the fair maiden he rescued from the dragon’s lair. Right? You and I weren’t in any danger! Yet, we hail him as a hero and bestow honors upon him. Why? Because he’s a hero!
But this is the thing. Here’s what we don’t realize. Heroes are a dime a dozen! Now when I say that, I’m not making light of heroes at all! What I’m saying is, that if we take the time to look around us…to really look around us…heroes are all over the place! We just fail to recognize them. Their feats haven’t been extraordinary enough to capture our imagination, but they are there. And, maybe…just maybe… their feats WERE extraordinary enough to capture our imagination, but you and I just weren’t paying attention!
Imagine, if you will, a young woman with three small kids and more groceries in her arms than she can carry. Just as she gets to the door she can’t open, someone she’s never met before, steps in and, not only opens the door, but holds it for her…until she, her kids and her groceries are able to get through it.
That person is a hero to that young woman. You know I’m right! You’ve been that young woman, even if you’re not female. We’ve all been stuck on the wrong side of a door, with an armful of something that left no free hands to grab the door knob. Every single one of us. And what happened? A hero came along…
For that moment, that person…whether young or old, rich or poor, good or bad…is a hero. Not to just anyone, and not to everyone. But that person is a hero to the most important person that he or she could be a hero to in that moment of time…you. Because you are the one that needs it.
Regardless of how that person looks, smells or acts before or after this heroic deed, for that brief instant, they are a hero. Not to the world. Not to a nation. But to you. In spite of his or her past, and whatever dark deeds may lurk there. In spite of YOUR past and whatever dark deeds may lurk there… God sent you a hero when you needed one.
This hero slayed your dragon. Brought your giant to his knees. This hero allowed you to continue on in life, instead of leaving you stuck on the wrong side of the door with your arms full of groceries and three unruly kids…
That’s what heroes do. They allow you to continue on in life. They keep you from being swallowed by the dragon and squished by the giant. After all, that’s what makes them heroes, isn’t it?