“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. ” – Fred Rogers (Aka Mr. Rogers)
Often after I finish reading books that are “hero” centered, I come away from reading them with a strange longing or feeling. It’s almost like my own little life feels bland or lame or something. I dwell on it for a few days and move on, but I often have this surge to do all the things that I’ve wanted to do for years all at once- like writing a book, running a marathon, living some sort of fantastical life, etc etc. Something to leave my mark on this world.
Which leads me to wonder, is this feeling good or bad and why do I feel this way? I think we all want to do something grand or amazing with our lives, but I think sometimes we forget what truly makes a hero. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad feeling, but I think it can easily become one if I start yearning for something that is not my portion in life. Still, I think there are ways we all can be a hero in this life.
What is a hero really? Is it someone who dresses up in a crazy costume and kills bad guys? Is it someone who has this amazing skill or talent no one else has? I think not. I think true heroism has more to do with living your life as you should, and completing your set tasks to the best of your ability. We don’t all have the same tasks, and some tasks are definitely more glamorous than others yet not necessarily more important. I think it can be more difficult to be a hero in the small things in life consistently than in the big things.
I guess the important things to remember are that God is in control and we can be heros by doing well with the tasks we are given each day. To remember to not be self-centered and strive ultimately to honor and glorify God above all. Yes, I think that may be what makes a true hero in the end- a mother providing good food for her family, a father protecting his children, a teenager avoiding temptation… Maybe being a hero is all in the small things that seem so insignificant.