True Heroes

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By: Rachelle Rea

"But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first." Matthew 19:30 (NIV)

True heroes don’t have books written about them. They don’t have newspaper articles splashed with their names. They don’t have Facebook fan pages.

The mightiest superheroes of this earth cannot be found in comic books. They don’t have movies chronicling their exploits complete with award-winning soundtracks. Their superpowers likely don’t include lifting trains bound for ravines or deflecting bullets.

To find a true hero, you must look to the darkness. That is where a true hero’s light shines brightest.

The heroes of humankind will most likely never be given a plaque in a hall of fame, win an award, or be given the keys to the city. Most live their whole lives in secret, never revealing their real identity to anyone. They are doomed to be overlooked by the vast majority, passed over by those who award recognition, and ignored by many who will fail to realize who they truly are.

True heroes prefer it that way.

They could never imagine having their biography become a bestseller, seeing a movie about them hit theaters near you, or being given an award for all of their hard work.

Even they don’t often realize their own value. True heroes are humble.

True heroes don’t build a life on performing extraordinary feats that will get them noticed. Instead, they spend a lifetime helping others, reaching out to those in need, caring for the least of these, and making a difference in places where it seems no difference can be made.

They aren’t in it for the applause.

They aren’t in it for the book contract or movie deal.

They aren’t even in it for the ‘thank you’ which comes so seldom.

True heroes are content to just be a hero and tackle the extraordinary task of shining the light of God’s love in the darkness.

Dear Lord, thank You for the true heroes in my life. Open my eyes to better notice and thank them. Teach me to be a true hero in Your sight. In Jesus' name, Amen.


Ponder: “And behold, some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last.” Luke 13:30

Apply: Write a heartfelt thank you card to a true hero in your life - this can be a parent, teacher, coach, or pastor.

Read: The story of Abigail in 1 Samuel 25. This woman was a true hero!

Share: How can you be a true hero today?

© 2011 by Rachelle Rea. All rights reserved.

A college freshman, Rachelle Rea coaches gymnastics at her local YMCA. Her life is filled with many true heroes for whom she is so thankful! She loves buying pretty thank you notes and sending them to the heroes in her life. Her number one hero is Jesus Christ.

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