What is at the heart of a hero? What does one do to become one? Jesus talked about the greatest gift we can give to our fellow man. That means we’re willing to help, protect and serve others without thinking about it. It means we are willing to sacrifice our own lives so that another will benefit.
Today we recognize our veterans, but I believe that all who serve us, are equally deserving of our respect and honor. The police officers, fire fighters, the average Joe – who willingly rescues another without thought of self.
Some how those heroes are not always noticed, but that’s really what makes them heroes. They aren’t doing these deeds of heroism, because of what they have to gain, but because they love their fellow man and are filled with the love of Christ. Today, the world looks at those who serve – the peacemakers – as the enemy. The Liar of this world, the devil, has convinced many that these folks are the unapproachable – that they are out to get them – that they have no place in their world.
I heard something in the news recently which made me chuckle. Some place in the world or within our own country – people have developed a plan to get others to care about others through acts of kindness and eventually heal the hate in our communities. What a novel idea! This idea was originally set by the Creator of the Universe. God told man to love one another a long time ago. He spoke of the unselfish love of His own Son, Jesus, who should be our model for living. We do need to get back to loving and caring about each other.
Love is something we unfortunately have to teach to our children. We aren’t born with it in our hearts. We have to be taught to love, just like we need to learn how to hate. Without love, there is no chance for reconciliation. Hate only gives way to more hate.
Today as we honor our veterans, let’s thank all those in public service. We are still a nation of laws and many of us believe that God is love. Let’s go to Him today and pray for people to sincerely love one another. Ask God to put the spirit of selflessness back into the hearts of men. We need heroes. We especially need Jesus, the greatest hero of all.