“We can’t all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by.” Will Rogers
We’re all endowed with an inner little gem, called a conscience, which allows us the ability to discern the difference between right and wrong. Since we’ve also inherited the original sin of Adam and Eve, the two are in constant conflict. The conscience is like our safety net – a little voice inside that tells us if we’re doing, thinking or saying what is right in God’s eyes.
This gift from God is what allows men to do great things when times call for it. When injustice is being done to humanity; when lives are spent in the name of freedom; when governments become so big that they no longer include the voice of the people; the voice of conscience becomes louder and those still listening will answer it and act upon it.
We’re so blessed to live in a country which continues to honor its heroes. We aren’t afraid to display the American Flag in our yards, because it might offend someone. We have the right to protest when we believe there is a better way. We have a complicated justice system, but it’s still better than other countries. We have the right to express our concerns, by how we vote. We can worship in the church of our choice without persecution. We can train our children in the ways of the Lord. We’ve got it pretty good, I’d say.
When we think of those who serve us every day – through the military, the police, fire fighters, the life saving efforts in an emergency room, caregivers for young and old, those who serve as hospice volunteers and help people die with dignity. There are so many that are willing to give up a part of themselves to serve others.
The greatest hero of all, was a simple, homeless man, who associated with the scum of society. He knew what is mission was from the beginning. He was there at the creation of the world. He appeared again in flesh and blood and became our brother. He withstood every temptation put before Him. He carried out His mission by doing the greatest deed He could. He sacrificed Himself for the salvation of all.. Without that sacrifice, men would never know how to be heroes.