What Heroes Really Look Like

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This is for Donna Bearden:

Matthew 20:25-28

But Jesus called them to Him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
It’s kind of funny if you think about it. The title of this. We won’t ever usually know what real heroes look like because they don’t put themselves in the spotlight.

Because they’re selfless.

They don’t need glory because they’re aware of the source of true glory, a bigger Glory than themselves, seeking and praising the glory of the One who loves them.

They’re selfless.

That’s a pretty foreign word to modern society. We’ve honestly, as both a generation and society, romanticized the definition of selfish.

“You have to love yourself first.”

“You’re your top priority.”

“Happiness is loving yourself.”

But when we really sit down and say those words out loud, where does that get anyone? An empty place probably, a place all alone definitely.

Heroes are servants. Heroes understand that they are one person, and the world is so many. So many in need of so much love.

Real heroes dedicate their life to that.

In big ways and small ways, in monumental movements and in small steps toward meeting other people where they’re at and walking with them from there.

People with servant hearts have an inner need to meet other people’s needs, however trivial or however copious.

Real heroes love like Jesus, and as an overflow, they live like Jesus too.

Real heroes like Donna.

Thank you to Donna Bearden, who led the trip this summer that changed everything about my life and faith. I want to be a woman of God the way you have so gracefully and humbly displayed. I want to live like you because of the way you live like our Savior.

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