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Summary: A look at the biblical definition of a hero

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I want you to ponder for a few moments the heroes in your life… the heroes of today and the heroes of yesterday….

You can tell who kid’s heroes are by looking at two things, their T-shirts and their lunchboxes!!

How to Recognize a Hero:

Humility –

Once Winston Churchill was sitting on a platform waiting to speak to a large crowd gathered to hear him. The chairman of the event leaned over and said, "Isn’t it exciting, Mr. Churchill, that all these people came just to hear you speak?" Winston Churchill responded, "It is quite flattering, but whenever I feel this way I always remember that if instead of making a political speech I was being hanged, the crowd would be twice as big."

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13 (NIV)

“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud

but gives grace to the humble.’” 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)

Humility...Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change. And when we are right, make us easy to live with. Peter Marshall.

Empathy –

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 (NIV)

Responsibility:

“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” Galatians 6:2-3 (NIV)

In an effort to lose weight, Eric Edmonds went to Humana Hospital (in Virginia) to have his stomach stapled. Less than 48 hours after the surgery Eric snuck out of his room and raided the hospital refrigerator; he ate so much he burst his staples. Now he is suing the hospital for $250,000. It’s their fault he ate, he claims. They should have had their refrigerator locked. (Remember that next time you have company!)

Responsibility: My Stuff Isn’t Small

One day I picked up my car from a service center and noticed a sign that read, “Two rules to live by: (1) Don’t sweat the small stuff. (2) Everything is small stuff.” The sign, I suppose, was intended to be amusing, but it made me a little uncomfortable. I mean, handing your car over to a graduate of the “Don’t sweat anything” school of auto mechanics was anything but comforting.—Vincent Barry, The Dog Ate My Homework

Opportunity

In a free society, every opportunity comes with three obligations. First, you must seize it. You must mold it into a work that brings value to others. Second, you must live it. Opportunity is nurtured only by action. Third, you must defend the freedom to pursue opportunities. You must embrace these three obligations as if the future of mankind depended on it. In fact, it does.

Eph 5:15-16

Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity,


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