Relationships : You’re My Hero
As I wander through my early twenties I’ve learned one truth: life is not always a picnic.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by life and sink into in a rut of apathy, but it isn’t long before I wake up and remember that I want to do great things. I want to change the world. I want to be a modern-day hero.
So I look at heroes (Mother Teresa, firemen, Batman, Gandhi, Queen Esther, parents, and so on) and try to identify what makes them who they are. How do we live out a life of heroism in a modern world?
A modern-day hero chooses what is right.
Let me repeat. Right. Not easy. Not hard. Not culturally accepted. Right. This sometimes means sticking to what you believe when it lowers your cool factor. Or admitting your wrongs when it hurts your pride.
A modern-day hero bring goodness to others
The easiest way to become someone’s hero is probably by surprising a hard-working friend with a much-needed pumpkin spice latte. Don’t believe me? Try it. I can almost guarantee you’ll hear the words, ‘You’re my hero!’ pass from their lips. Goodness is a word with great depth, but it lives in the little things. Find goodness in your own life and share it with others. Remember when someone gave you grace, and then pass it forward. Look into the eyes of the homeless and offer them a moment instead of a coin. Find a spot of golden goodness, and invite others into it.
A modern-day hero makes sacrifices
I’ve been reading this incredible book called Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist, in which she relays a piece of advice someone gave to her: ‘It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard … is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.’ I immediately began to wonder, What am I willing to sacrifice? Christ asks us to live selflessly saying, ‘Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.’ (John 15:13 ESV). Am I willing to sacrifice my time, comfort, or opportunities for someone else? A friend, a sibling, a stranger? Above all else, I believe that if you are willing to live selflessly, you will be well on your way to becoming a modern-day hero.
Small acts of heroism spur others on to greatness. Sometimes being a hero is saying, ‘This is all too impossibly great for me to handle, but I’m going to go as far as I possibly can.’ If you’re feeling lost, small, or insignificant, take a look at your own heroes and figure out why you admire them. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to live in a new way, or you might just discover that there is already a bit of heroism in you.
Words by Heidi LuReign (@HeidiLuReign)
Photography by Estera Kluczenko