Not long ago I asked the question several times during the day on my Social Media status, “Are You Somebody’s Hero?” I had been thinking about how something that is simple for you to do, some kind deed or word of encouragement, maybe even loaning someone a few dollars that may be a minor amount for you, could be major to the person you did it for.
I likened it once to coming into the room where our little teacup poodle P’nut was tethered to a chair because he was too tiny to leave running loose, I was afraid one of us would kill him by stepping on him! The leash I had him on was long but with all the freedom he had it seemed he always chose to go around and around the leg of the chair until he could not move any further! He didn’t understand how to unwind himself, so he would stand there, or lay down, unable to move! If one of us walked into the room he would begin to whine and look so pitiful like he was saying “Unwind me please”. It was easy for me to reach down and pick up the chair so that his leash was free and he could walk away, something that was impossible for him to do alone! At that point, I became his hero!
There may be someone in your life that is wound around a “chair” of some type, tethered to their problems, not knowing how to get loose, or what to do, and if and when you help them find a way out, you become their hero, it’s just that simple.
I put my thoughts aside to go buy groceries, I made my purchases and pushed the loaded cart toward my van. As I approached it I saw that the car next to me had the hood up, there was a man standing there hooking up the cables to jump the battery but no car close where he could hoo them, and a lady was pacing back and forth hoping someone would answer the number she was calling. As I walked by I said, “Hello, you need a jump?” (Obvious question I know) “Oh yes,” he was eager to answer, then to his wife, “You can hang up, I have someone who wants to help!” Wow, I was that someone! His wife hurried around to where I was loading my groceries into the side of the van and began to help me unload them. I got into the van and pulled the hood latch, he began hooking the cables to my battery, when he got it all connected I started my engine. The first time the lady turned the key over, it gave a little scratch but didn’t start, at that point I put my foot down on the gas and she tried again, SUCCESS! I waited for him to unhook his cables and slam the hood down before looking over my shoulder to begin backing out, as I did a little tap on my window made me stop and turn to see the man standing there. I rolled down the window, he stuck his hand out and said, “What is your name?” at that point I looked at him and saw what I had not seen until that very moment, my mouth fell open and I answered ” Harolene, I write a daily devotional and today my article was “Are you someone’s hero?” and all day I have been asking people if they could be someone’s hero…”
Before I could finish my sentence he said “You are my hero today.” What had surprised me was that this man’s black T-shirt had white lettering across the front; it said “I BELIEVE IN HEROES”. I could not believe my eyes and tears began to roll across my cheek. We smiled at each other, he turned around to show me the back of his shirt, it said “Wounded Warrior Project” Wow… there are no words to tell you how I felt. I came to the conclusion that to do a good deed does more good for the “doer” than for the “receiver”!
Luke 6:38 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, and criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”
It’s not always the things, or money you give, but pieces of yourself, that means the most. Jesus gave us His life; John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his brother.”
Be someone’s hero today!