Summary: Everybody Wants and Needs a Hero. My Dad’s always been a Hero to Me!
“WHOSE YOUR HERO?”
FATHER’S DAY 2008
June 15, 2008
Webster’s Dictionary defines HERO as...
“noble person, grand person, a champion, a man of distinguished valor,
intrepid or enterprising in danger, a great illustrious or extraordinary person”
A Hero is Heroic. Webster says of HEROIC as..
“Pertaining to a hero, bold, daring, illustrious,
brave, intrepid, magnanimous, enterprising
I. EVERYBODY WANTS & NEEDS A HERO!
I’m 51 years old & I’ve had many heros in my life. We all have Heros. Heros are something that we long for & something we need. Heros give us something or someone to look up to.
In America today & recent history most of our Heros were Movie Stars: Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Robert Redford just to name a few. It’s really kind of sad and hollow that these people are, for the most part, Heros to America.
Even more sadder is some Heros aren’t even REAL PEOPLE! They’re just characters in a Movie from Hollywood. Rambo, Rocky, Rooster Cogburn (no relation to Sis. Cogburn), Forest Gump, Will Smith in Independence Day, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, The Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Iron Man, Indiana Jones, again I could go on & one. Suffice it to say, these are not even real people that people have set them up as their Heros. They want to emulate & imitate them. I’ve been guilty we all have been guilty at one time or another. That goes to show how hungry we are to have HEROS in our lives.
There are sports Heros like, Jo Dimaggio, Reggie Jackson, Babe Ruth, Joe Namath, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong,
Everybody Wants A Hero! Everybody longs to have a Hero.
We’ve seen Heros like John Wayne, Rambo, Rocky, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Sports figures like Jo Dimaggio, Reggie Jackson, Babe Ruth, Joe Namath, Nolan Ryan. Now these are REAL PEOPLE but just because they are sports figures & stars doesn’t make them real Heros as well.
Other & Real Heros can be found in our founding fathers & Politicians like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, men who gave their lives for our country & the cause & cost of Freedom so that you & I could know, experience & live in Freedom.
THOSE ARE REAL HEROS!
There are HEROS who are giving of themselves everyday in foreign lands & at home for the cause & cost of Freedom. Men like Pat Tillman who gave up the NFL to serve his country & was tragically killed & others like my nephew Ryan Moore who serve this country with distinction keeping our shores safe from attack & sneak attack. I never let an opportunity go by when I see a young man or woman in Uniform to tell them how proud I am of them & am praying for them!
THOSE ARE REAL HEROS!
Then there are the everyday “HERO” who you never hear about. Men & Women like our Police Officers & Firefighters keeping our streets as safe as possible.
I’m a man so I can speak with some experience & even a little bit on liberty on the subject. I know down deep in the heart of every man sitting here at the sound of my voice there is a guy who wants to be a “HERO!” Every man in this room wants to be somebody’s “HERO!” He wants his wife to look upon him as her “HERO!” He wants & longs for his Children to look upon him as the “HERO” in their eyes who can do anything! He wants to be that knight in shining armor!
YOU SEE THAT IS THE WAY THAT GOD MADE US! WE ARE HARD WIRED THAT WAY & WE WILL NOT CHANGE! YOU TAKE TOY GUNS AWAY FROM BOYS & THEY’LL FIND A STICK TO SHOOT THE BAD GUYS WITH! THAT IS WHO WE ARE! & THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT!
Men are really quite simple. We need a Battle to Fight, an Adventure to Live & a Beauty to Rescue! If we as men meet those three things in our lives we are HEROS! WE WANT TO BE HEROS! GOD MADE US THAT WAY!
Dads in our Society, in America today, WE NEED HEROS! “HEROS” Start at home. They are bred by Fathers who show them what it means to be a Man of Honor, to take Pride in Themselves & Their Actions, to have a Conscience as to what is right Morally & Spiritually, to have Pride In Actions, to Defend the Defenseless, to Help the Elderly, to have a Sense of Community & Family, to put God & Family FIRST!
II. DAD YOUR FAMILY NEEDS A HERO!
In Mark 5:22 a man named Jarius came to Jesus asking for healing for his daughter.