Waking the Hero in You

Written by John Kirkwood on May 1, 2013

Heroes don’t wait for a consensus. They act, they act boldly, and their actions frequently expose them to great peril. Many will die in obscurity, known only to God, but a hero doesn’t act to rate a statue or a poem; he acts because his sense of righteousness has been so offended that he is impelled to action in behalf of justice. Apathy in the face of injustice is greater among his fears than personal injury or even death.


The hero, before he ever lifts a finger, is a hero in his mind – a mind that has been prepared by the example of others and by the knowledge that in this life there are people and principles worth living and dying for. Courage, rare as it is spectacular, is the reason our hearts skip when we see Gibson grab the colors in The Patriot and charge into the gauntlet of the enemy; when we see a boy stand in front of a tank or a black woman sit at the front of a bus.

There is no prerequisite: neither age nor station in life matters, heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Acts of heroism are not confined to a grand stage or a battlefield. Lunch counter, city bus, shipyard, PTA meeting, lunchroom or boardroom, and the playground as much as the battleground, these all are fertile ground for heroism.

You have the opportunity today to be that hero. Whenever that man or woman stands for something greater, come what may, they have crossed over from the mundane to the magnificent.

How does one inspire courage in the weak? – With defiance in front of daunting odds, with obedience and devotion and a determined resolve that faithfulness, though it brings persecution and death, will live on. Uncommon valor is the price the courageous will pay to turn the destiny of the weak and the bullied and it will not be in vain.

Courage has its dividend in this life or the next.

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John Kirkwood
John Kirkwood is a son of Issachar. He is a Zionist, gun-toting, cigar-smoking, incandescent light bulb-using, 3.2 gallon flushing, fur-wearing, Chinese (MSG) eating, bow-hunting, SUV driving, unhyphenated American man who loves his wife, isn't ashamed of his country and does not apologize for his Christianity. He Pastors Grace Gospel Fellowship Bensenville, where "we the people" seek to honor "In God we Trust." He hosts the Christian wake up call IN THE ARENA every Sunday at noon on AM 1160 and he co-hosts UnCommon Sense, the Christian Worldview with a double shot of espresso on UncommonShow.com. He is the proud homeschooling dad of Konnor, Karter and Payton and the "blessed from heaven above" husband of the Righteous and Rowdy Wendymae.