What makes a hero?

“Just because a man in a red coat gave you a sword doesn’t make you a hero!”

Susan, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (movie)

What does make a hero? I think we can all agree that ownership of a sword does not make a hero–otherwise, we would have to label the Witch-king of Angmar and Darth Sideous heroes. And they were very evidently not.

Is a hero defined by what he opposes? I don’t think so; if we follow that definition, the ends will justify the means. We will be like those we oppose.

Is a hero defined by what he doesn’t do, then? Most definitely not. Just because a man refrains from murdering does not mean that he is a saint. It simply means that he is not a monster.

A hero is a man who chooses to do the right thing, no matter what the cost to him personally. He does not require others to sacrifice; he does not ignore problems; he does not take the coward’s way out. A hero is a man called to higher things, but a man who is humble at the same time.

A hero is a man dedicated to service. He esteems others, and in turn is esteemed by them. A hero is a man like Christ.

Our heroes will not always be perfect. They will fall sometimes. Every time, though, they will get back up and repent, and continue in their mission.

What, or better, Who makes a hero?

Only God can make a hero. And He will only do it if you let him.

How many heroes do you know?

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