I love to hear about heroes, and I don’t think I’m alone in this. Ever since an unknown Mesopotamian author thought up Gilgamesh’s quests, or Homer sang of Achilles’ war exploits and Ulysses’ odyssey to get home, people have been inspired and thrilled by the adventures, bravery, and wisdom of great champions. Others, such as composers, writers, philosophers, and so on, may have lived less adventurous lives, but their accomplishments set them apart as well.

It may seem as though heroes are hopelessly above our level, and that most of us don’t have a shot at emulating them. And yet, there are many people in our everyday lives who demonstrate heroism or perform selfless acts; for instance, firefighters, paramedics, advocates for the poor and needy, but also teachers, reporters, volunteers, and so on.

Each of us in our own way is capable of heroic deeds. Even though we don’t possess Superman’s powers or Batman’s cache of gadgets or James Bond’s perfect poise … and even though the problems we face can be much more complex than the clear-cut situations found in fiction, the real world has never ceased needing heroic people who are willing to stand up for what is right and come to the aid of those in need.

It’s been said that the opposite of a hero isn’t a villain, it’s a bystander. The thread that ties together the articles in this issue of Activated is that the people featured didn’t stand by when help was needed. They took action, whether in small or large ways, and left their mark in the lives of those around them.

And what does that mean for you and me? Well, luckily for us, heroism might be easier to attain than we imagine.

John 13:34-35 ESV / A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Galatians 6:10 ESV / So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

James 2:14-17 ESV / What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

1 Comment

  1. Anne
    October 9, 2017, 7:06 am   /  Reply

    Yes this a very good understanding of being a truthful loving disciple Jesus help me in this way Lord Jesus Amen

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