” I am a little writing pencil in the hand of a God who is sending a love letter to the world.”- Mother Theresa.
WHO IS A HERO?
A hero is a person who gives his or her life for something greater than self. A person who understands the responsibility of the liberty he or she has.
One who has been swallowed up by the royal law, LOVE.
Being a hero is a divine mandate to every individual that is born of God. It is our nature to love and therefore it is our nature to be heroes. John 15:13 says, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Being a hero does not only require one to have physically laid down their lives for you. Every time you die to self and seek to see the welfare of your neighbor over your own convenience, you are a hero. It is even in the considerate small acts of giving a pair of shoes to that lady whose shoes are worn out, giving a meal to the mother who does not have much to live on, sharing that pencil with your deskmate who needs it or even giving your time to listen to someone; to believe in them and to encourage them. That’s true heroism.
So it takes Love to be a hero, nothing more: nothing less. Even our Lord, Jesus Christ loved us first and then laid down His life.
To many of us, our parents are our heroes understandably. Deeper still, they are a mirror of Christ and the Church. Our parents have given us unconditional love and support without any expectation of reward. I am talking of that father who spends days toiling in the hot sun just so his son can study or that mother who spares that money meant for buying herself a dress so her daughter can have one.
I speak of men and women that have given their all to watch over us.
It is important to celebrate this love.
But even more than that, we must also honor the people in our communities whose roles, though small, are very vital. We must honor the market women, the street cleaners, the househelps, the garbage collectors as well as the nurses. Each of them plays a pivotal role in upholding our society and they deserve this recognition. In our understanding of heroism, we must see that super heroes are not just the ones that wear capes on TVs, each one of us is a hero when we decide to live our lives valuing the lives of our fellow men. For there is no greater call than to shine our light in the darkness of other people.
We may not be able to completely stop wars or world hunger but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine. So this heroes day, I urge all of us to remember our first calling as humanity, LOVE. Love must reign in our families, in our society, in our nation and the world at large. Because Love NEVER fails.
Happy Heros Day Beloved!
From Parenting Uganda, “Building Purpose Driven Families .