I went to see Captain America last night with my wife and son. I enjoyed watching the exploits of the Marvel Comics’ hero. Thinking about some of the characteristics that make up a hero, I came up with this list:
A hero has committment to a calling: Committment keeps a hero following-through in spite of obstacles. It helps a hero persevere and it fuels continued motion.
A hero has an unwavering focus: a hero looks at what needs to be done and lets that focus propel him into action. Heroes focus forward and this brings movement in the right direction.
A hero has courage in the face of danger: this doesn’t mean a hero doesn’t feel fear, however, a hero does not allow fear to have the upper hand. Courage gives the hero ability to face danger without backing down. A hero refuses to run from danger.
A hero inspires others: one of my favorite scenes from the movie last night came when a little boy on the street was holding up his Captain America shield which had been painted on a garbage can lid. He was imitating a hero. People notice when a hero takes action.
What heroes are you imitating? We see heroes in action all the time. I noticed a Biblical hero as I was reading through the Apostle Paul’s life this past week: he definitely showed all these traits and more. The question I’ll leave you with over the weekend: What heroic behavior do you need to be displaying today?