A-Rod hit #500. The world--more than 99% of it--barely stifled a yawn. But for someone out there, A-Rod is a hero. Folks are speaking of his historic achievement. Really? Five hundred homers is an achievement, to be sure; but historic? Hardly. But, as I said, sports figures are heroes for a number of people.
On my television at this moment is a series called "Heroes." I heard that this show is one of the hottest in the U.S.A. It has two dimensions to it: it is spiritual; and it projects men and women doing heroic things.
Harry Potter is a hero for a lot of kids (maybe some adults, too). So is Britney. So is Paris. And Brad. And too many more like them.
One common thread runs through many of these modern heroes: they lack moral fiber. I am not saying A-Rod lacks it; I don't know him. But we know that a lot of sports figures, music stars, and movies stars, and even fictional characters are morally bankrupt. They live a duplicitous life, partying and doing things that cannot be mentioned in a public forum; or, when they find themselves in trouble, talking about how much they love the Lord. And these are the men and women that we try to immortalize in our minds.
Here is the true definition of a hero: "a man [or woman, in the case of a heroine] of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities."
Where, may I ask, are the true heroes? Where are the men and women that make a difference, but for the greater good of this world and of eternal things?
They are out there. They work quietly most of the time. Many would never consider themselves to be heroes. Their eyebrows would raise so high they would run under their hairline if they knew you thought of them as your hero. But there they are: sacrificing their lives for others, loving unconditionally, spending sleepless nights so you can rest comfortably. They leave their comforts behind to help take others to a higher level. Some work in offices, some in labs, some in hospitals, some in the streets.
Do you have a hero? Do you have a heroine? Take time to pray for them. Take time to tell them.