Wednesday, 16 October 2019

M Michele's Musings

Heaven's Heroes

Last night I was waiting in line at Walmart; one person in front and one in back of me.  I had just unloaded my groceries from the cart onto the counter when I noticed that there was a cashier in front of me that had only one person checking out and no one behind.  Usually I would have sped over there as quickly as possible but since I had already unloaded everything from my cart I turned around and told the lady behind me, who was elderly, that the line was free at Register 4 if she wanted to go over there.  In a soft spoken and confidential tone she told me that she had tried to get over there but no one would let her pass.  I quickly looked around to assess my chances on getting her over there quickly before someone else seized the opportunity.  I then hurriedly told her “I’ll help you” and quickly grabbed her cart saying, “follow me, I’ll get you there!”

I was successful and as I turned to go back to my register she gently put her hand on my arm and with a warm smile said, “Thank you so much!”  With a little wink she added, “You’re sneaky.”  We finished checking out at the same time and when passing her she thanked me again for getting her to the other line.

I don’t know that I was sneaky, just a little younger, faster and when I saw an opportunity I seized upon it to help her out.  I was ecstatic in being able to help her.  Feelings of joy oozed out and lifted my heart for the remainder of the evening.   This incident reminded me of a sermon my pastor recently preached entitled “Heaven’s Heroes.”  The title instantly intrigued me and I was vividly reminded of the sermon through this experience.  During the sermon I envisioned all of my favorite Marvel Comic Heroes fighting against evil people and forces to save the day and the world.  Of course, this was not the kind of hero my pastor was talking about at all.

Still my mind drifted again to the world’s view of heroes; ideas we get from watching movies and news clips about famous people in our society today.  I love movies with heroes; good versus evil with the good guy winning in the end.  Television shows like “Entertainment Tonight” relish the latest tidbits of news on the “stars” of our world.  Often it is the people in the limelight that have the status of hero in our minds.

But what is a real hero?  Dictionary.com lists the following definitions:

1.       a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

2.       a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.

Determination, loyalty, courage, integrity, dedication, intrepidity, fair mindedness, valor, selflessness, conviction, tenacity, gallantry and the will to make sacrifices are some characteristics that are associated with heroes.  According to Wikipedia the word comes from the Greek ἥρως (hērōs), “hero, warrior” literally “protector” or “defender.”

We can all agree that heroes are famous for something great they have done and/or are doing.  Heroes are found working in jobs that are geared toward protecting and fighting for a cause.  Heroes are found in our military men and women who defend our country every day.  They are found in our civil forces protecting our homes, families, freedoms and rights.  Heroes are found in our medical professionals.  The list could go on and on.

 I love the following quote by Arthur Ashe:

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.
It is not the urge to surpass all others
at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.

I think this quote really expresses the fact that all of us can be heroes through the smallest acts of serving someone else.  Simply, I believe heroes are found in everyday, ordinary people being kind, helpful and faithful to their families, friends, and people in general.  We see glimpses of heroes in every faithful father and mother.  We see a bit of hero in every walk of life from our military, police, fire fighters, doctors, nurses, electricians, plumbers, attorneys, on and on as they faithfully fulfill their duties in their area of expertise and influence even if they have not done something that is classified as a “heroic” act.  Every fast food worker that serves you with friendliness, every garbage collector that picks up trash, every janitor that cleans a bathroom with loving care and replaces the toilet paper rolls is a hero to someone!  Thank God for heroes in every walk of life.   

In his sermon on heroes, my pastor pointed to scripture from Philippians 3:17-21; 4:1 and Psalms 37:37.  He said that heaven’s heroes were those whose hearts were turned toward God, faithful and walking with a purpose to please God.   We should mark such people and let them be an example to us and we must become an example to others.  As we walk our walk in Christ faithfully we are celebrated in heaven as God’s heroes.  As I left church that night I was inspired with a desire to be one of Heaven’s Heroes, making a difference in the world around me every day.

Titus 3: 1-2 directs us “to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.” And Titus 3:8b tells us “those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good.”  Heroes are everywhere.  With the simplest act of kindness you can become someone’s hero.  Helping an elderly person get to a faster line, opening a door or lending a helping hand to walk up some stairs can truly be a blessing that is thankfully appreciated.  Smiling and saying a kind word to a weary cashier can brighten a day.  Kissing and bandaging the injured knee of a child who has fallen off their bike can turn tears into laughter. I know that everyone of us has been touched at some moment in time by a simple act of kindness by an everyday hero, and we have been blessed and thankful.  I hope that every day we can be blessed with the opportunity to be someone’s hero, a Heaven’s Hero, showing God’s love to those around us.  Being a hero through a simple act of serving one another is a blessing that brings a bounce to one’s step and joy to the heart.    

 Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright August  2015 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire

 

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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