1. a man distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility, fortitude, etc
2. a man who is idealized for possessing superior qualities in any field
3. classical myth a being of extraordinary strength and courage, often the offspring of a mortal and a god, who is celebrated for his exploits
I’ve been thinking about that word. I think it’s undervalued in our culture today. So often we hear people say ‘so and so was trying to be a hero’ or simply ‘don’t be a hero’ like it’s some sort of negative thing but to be blunt, I think that’s wrong.
I watched England play South Africa today – we lost by one point. On the field, the players put their bodies on the line in order to win. The English players were gracious in defeat; both players were exceptionally courageous and gave their all in a hard contest. Are they heroes? For me, unequivocally yes. There is something about the qualities you must possess in order to play rugby that I greatly admire. In reality, winning or losing means very little to everyday life, but I think they’re heroes.
What about the young people who serve in their youth group week in and week out? The ones who aren’t afraid to publicly declare their faith and to invite their friends to church. It takes huge amounts of courage and strength to risk being ostracized by your friends for the sake of your faith. Again, I believe these people are heroes.
There are so many more examples. From the single mum to the surgeon to the spaceman to the little orphan boy in Africa who provides for the rest of his family instead of going to school, we live in a world of heroes. I refuse to accept any sort of casual dismissal of the word.
YES for Heroes!