I always want to be the hero. I love watching shows and movies with a hero. I was recently listening to a podcast when the author spoke about needing 6-7 positive inputs to metabolize one negative. This was not new information to me, but the reminder came at an opportune moment. The kind God really likes to use as He refines us. I have been really crabby lately with my family. I have been going to the negative quickly which has been demotivating to everyone. Now, guilt was setting in. This is not the kind of mom and wife I want to be. I was not doing the right thing or accepting responsibility for my actions. I was not being the hero.
There are a few principles guided by scripture that help us all be the hero in our families. We all face trials, become overworked and short-tempered at times. James reminded us see it through.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4 NIV).
Add to this the advise in Proverbs, I’m reminded not to be stubborn but listen to what God was showing me.
Fools are headstrong and do what they like;
wise people take advice. (Proverbs 12:15 MSG).
Being the hero requires humility and strength. The hero doesn’t so what is easy but rather what is right and then takes responsibility no matter what happens. It’s three simple things.
- Listen to the truth
- Do the right thing
- Accept responsibility
Okay, maybe it is not so simple. It really is hard, and sometimes it hurts. Something my husband said reminded me that it is always worth it. As a high school teacher, he had noticed a student had changed as wasn’t completing homework. He decided to contact the parents and share his concerns. The parents didn’t appreciate his concern. Then he told them that he had recently lost a student to an overdose and he vowed to always make the call because every life was worth it. The student ended up receiving treatment. In my eyes, my husband was a hero. He listened, did the right thing and accepted responsibility. He made a difference in a student’s life. It reminds me that we can all do the right thing.
I don’t have to be Wonder Woman to be the hero. I can follow these principles and be the example to my family that I want to be. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. It’s the least they deserve.
How about you? Are you ready to be the hero in the lives of those you love? How has a hero impacted you? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.