... a weekly letter of encouragement.
19 August, 1998
WHO ARE THE REAL HEROES?
Most of us would like to do something noble or great. Perhaps have our names in lights...
We are captivated by outstanding speakers, renown scientists, business tycoons, and athletes who seem to do the impossible. And we sigh because our lives appear to be so routine. Ordinary. Unsung.
As I observe the men with whom I am involved, however, I often see nobility and true character being forged in them as they quietly work through extremely trying circumstances. These silent heroes are, for the most part unnoticed...little appreciated. Rarely applauded.
One man has a son who is severely infirmed with a disease that will probability take his life within the next few years. The boy's unimaginable suffering permeates the family. But there is a calm grace about the way they are handling it. No whining or grousing with God as they walk through their Gethsemane.
A second man is an executive in a company where top management steps on anyone who excels or shows any mark of genius. He refuses however to play the corporate political games necessary to garner the coveted positions. Brilliant in his field, he purposely remains understated as he unobtrusively facilitates his subordinates to help insure their success.
A third friend is enmeshed in an insoluble marriage. Yet I never hear one word of complaint as he chooses to express compassion and graciousness toward his spouse.
These men probably will never have their names in lights. But in my book they are the real heroes of the faith! Heroes who are becoming like Christ-like.
My guess is that you too have your cross...and it is not gold-plated, smooth or shiny. Rather, it's rugged and bruising, and with you all the time.
How you decide to respond to that cross will spell the difference between a life of crippling bitterness that is diminishing your inner spiritual life, or a life of praise that is surmounting, and ascending.
"Every person will have to bear (be equal to understanding and calmly receive) his own little load of oppressive faults...Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you...because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." (Gal. 6:5 & I Cor. 15:58)
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
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