I’ve spent a lot of time over the course of the last year looking at stories and how to live a better story. I saw a wonderful example of this on the news this morning. In the wake of the terrible tornado in Oklahoma, there have been some amazing stories. Today I saw a young teacher lying in a hospital bed being interviewed. It seems when the school she was teaching at was hit, she shielded several of the students from the falling debris with her own body. The last words from the reporter were that this young woman “does not consider herself a hero.” If that’s the case her definition of a hero must be insanely high. Forgive me ma’am but you ARE a hero. Jesus said “Greater love has no one than this, that he lays down his life for his friends.” All throughout the interview one could hear her love for the ones that were saved and even more for the ones who she couldn’t shield. By Jesus’ own definition, what makes a hero is love.
I hope you never get the opportunity to make the supreme sacrifice to save someone. I pray your life is much easier than that, but we don’t need to die to lay down your life. Sometimes it’s as simple as dying to ourselves, and putting others first. We need to love sacrificially, see a need and meet it or just plain help someone.
This teacher is a hero, but it doesnt take a tragedy to be a hero, it just takes a willingness to love and put others first.