Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Being A Hero

I'm not a hero, and by no means am I a superhero.  I don't drive a Batmobile or search the night sky for the Bat-Signal indicating that I'm needed. I don't wear a big red "S" on my chest, nor fear Kryptonite. I'm simply a guy who tries his best (often failing at it along the way).

You may have heard the saying: "No man is a hero to his valet." There is a difference of opinion as to the original author of this, but the meaning is pretty clear. Some of us see only the public personna, the person who sees us most of the time, often at our most vulnerable, gets the best view of the real "us." And it sometimes scares us that, wish as we might, we're not a hero.

One reason I don't always like social media was probably best-voiced by Pastor Steven Furtick. "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." Some people look at our public image and think we're doing well, that everything is going smoothly. But to our husband or wife, our family, our close friends, we're just a person, one with faults. Sure, we try to correct them, but we know more are coming.

It's not that we're a hero. It's that we keep trying. And those closest to us love us...warts and all.

NOTE: Have one ARC (advanced reading copy) of my latest novella, Emergency Case. I'll give it, signed, to a randomly chosen commenter (must leave an email address for me to contact them). Contest ends Jan 20th.

1 comment:

MJSH said...

We all love superheroes, myself included. But it’s a wonderful thing to know that we are loved, even when we are not superheroes. Thanks for the reminder to keep on loving, even when our loved ones are not superbly heroic.

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