Posts Tagged ‘hero’

Okay this didn’t really happen and for those of you who don’t know, Geddy is Geddy Lee, bass player, lead singer and keyboardist for my favorite rock band, Rush. Widely regarded as among the great rock musicians of all time, Geddy is my musical hero. This guy just oozes talent. He didn’t really come to my house, but in a dream I had last night, there was a knock at my door and there he was. I took him to my studio. I must have known he was coming because it was clean. I showed him some of the stuff I am working on as well as some other stuff. Then I started to take him around and introduce him to my family and friends, he was very gracious. Then finally things got a little out of hand and we were on the roof of this low building and people were mobbing him for autographs, Stuff like that happens in dreams. Amidst the chaos, I woke up and it got me to thinking.

If I ever met Geddy, if he ever came to my house, that is pretty much what I would do. I’d show him the stuff that was important to me and I’d introduce him to everyone I could. Some of you know where I am going with this…

I know Jesus and while Geddy is a musical genius, Jesus is the creator of the universe and Savior of all who will believe, yet it would be dishonest for me to say I have introduced him to everyone I know. It would be cool for my friends and family (not to mention me), the people I love to meet Geddy. It is essential that they meet Jesus. I guess I post this to ask you the same question. If your hero came to visit your house, who would you tell? Now, who have you introduced to Jesus?

I think we can all do better.

Over the last two days I have posted two challenging sentences on Facebook. The first was:
Tell a better story!
and the second:
Live a better story!
The follow up to both of them is this question:
What’s your story?
You see every story has a hero and every life should have a hero and the people we call our heroes help to shape the story we live and the story we tell.
Who’s your hero?
Here are a few suggestions:

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.

My friend Rick Bundschuh posted this to Facebook yesterday. His daughter Allegra made this short film that tells a better story. You’re not a loser, and you could be a hero, if you don’t quit… Maybe instead of just telling a better story we should also try to live one. (Oh and the end song over the credits is worth a chuckle if you like literal bathroom humor.)

This year I decided to participate in the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. All the entries will become part of a touring exhibit and then be placed permanently in their collection. There were numerous themes to choose from. The one that suited me best was Heroes and Villains. I just finished the cover of the book and thought I would share it here.

The cover for my entry into the 2012 Sketchbook Project World Tour

The cover for my entry into the 2012 Sketchbook Project World Tour

I’m not sure where the whole book will go yet but the cover shows the general idea. the ultimate battle between the ultimate hero and the ultimate villain. My goal is to show that nearly every great hero of nearly every great story shares attributes of the hero of the greatest story ever told. The secondary theme is to remind people that each of us is in a battle against the same opponent. My hope is that this piece will at least get people to consider Jesus as the hero of their story.

When the book is finished I will post it in its entirety.

This is just another example of a way an artist can use his gift to tell the story of Jesus. How will you use your gift?