Who’s your hero?

Today, while working at my new job in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, one of my colleagues explained that she was going to spend the weekend moving her mother from the family farm into town, where they could be closer together.

“This will be a big change for her,” she explained. “My mom loves the farm, but since my dad died, she just can’t handle it anymore.”

“Oh,” I said. “When did your dad pass?”

“Eighteen months ago, but it seems like yesterday. He was my hero.”

What is a hero and why does God put them in our lives?

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a hero is defined as a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; an illustrious warrior; a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities and; one who shows great courage.

Everyone has at least one hero in their lives … or two or three or more. Even King David of the Old Testament.

To many, David was their hero. Although his actions were often contradictory, David reigned with integrity and a heart dedicated and accountable to God. He took battle victory after battle victory and worshiped the Lord until his dying day.

David, however, had his own heros to depend on. In 2 Samuel 21:15 “… David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines and he became exhausted.” And in 2 Samuel 23: 8-12 we learn of David’s mighty men:

These are the names of David’s mighty men:

Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite,was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.

Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. As one of the three mighty men, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered [at Pas Dammim] for battle. Then the men of Israel retreated, but he stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The LORD brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead.

Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel’s troops fled from them. But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought about a great victory.

Scripture goes on to describe 34 others who fought under bravely for the king under the mighty men.

God brought victory to David through these mighty men on many occasions. I believe He did this to show Israel that:

  • David was indeed, human, and not to be put on a pedestal
  • David was to be kept humble and dependent on Him
  • He works in everyone, not just kings and “important people”

David and his mighty men were not perfect, but they lived to serve and honour God. They were heros in God’s eyes and in the eyes of others. And when they grew weary, they were willing to accept the help of additional heros that God put in their place.

One of my greatest heros is my husband. He is my friend and is a faithful, righteous man. He is bold, prayerful and listens to God. He is willing to accept help when he needs it and continuously aims to give God the glory in all situations. He is not perfect, but he lives to serve and honour God.  I thank God for him daily.

I encourage you to take time to consider the heros that God has put in your path. Be assured that they are there! If you don’t know them, pray and ask God to help you see the heroism in others from the least to greatest deeds. And then, with eyes wide open, be prepared to accept victory through God’s provision of another.


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1 comment for “Who’s your hero?

  1. Dawn
    October 9, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Excellent post, Carrie! I miss hearing your words of wisdom..I would have to say that my Dad has got to be my number 1 hero, but there are others who have left a lasting impact. Some common traits amoung all of them are compassion, a willingness to serve God no matter what, and people who stand up for what is right. I pray that one day I will become just like my Dad…one step at a time and one day at a time.

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