“We do not live for ourselves. We live to serve Christ.” ~Steve Rundle
In a day when we are encouraged to live for ourselves—the above quote sounds so counter-cultural. Yet, having this mindset and being attuned to Jesus’ promptings within can lead to heroic actions.
People who set themselves aside—their convenience, their comfort, even their reputation to help another—these are heroes.
Here are a few descriptions and stories that have moved me deeply:
- A man who risks his life defending his country—both to protect fellow soldiers and so his countrymen may live in freedom. (Read here)
- A teenage boy dying from cancer who gives his “Wish” to a local ministry that feeds the hungry and poor in his community. (Watch here and read the follow up here)**
- A young woman who survives a brutal attack. An attack which came because of her firm conviction that girls should be given an education. (Read here)
- A teenage boy who apologizes for the crime his father committed against an older woman. He did it “because it was the right thing to do.” And, he offers restitution. (Watch here)**
- A dying mother who creates memories with and for her children, assembling scrap books and writing cards for those special moments in their lives that she won’t get to live with them. (Yes, I posted this one last week. In case you missed it, you can visit it again here)**
In a society where the mantra, “Watch out for number one,” is the norm, looking out for others is not what most people practice. These selfless acts move me to tears. What is it within a person that moves him or her to look beyond themselves to do what will touch another at a heart level?
I love reading fictional stories of heroism, but when I read and hear those real life stories? Those are the ones that touch me the deepest. And ignite within me the desire to be more than I am at this moment.
Self-sacrifice, the willingness to reach out to and for others, regardless of the possible repercussions paints beauty over sorrow, and hope over despair.
What about you? How would you define heroism? Do you have a story to share about a real life hero?
**I originally came across these stories on Ann Voskamp’s blog, A Holy Experience.