Whether you’ve ever given it much thought before or not, YOU were made to be a hero. Most of us have always had a sense that we were made for more, but a hero?
That might be a bit of a stretch for a lot of us, but it really depends on how you define hero. After you establish that, it’s a bit easier to decide if it’s a role or title we want to add to our already long (or short) list of “identities” – amiright?
If we’re honest, we’re not usually known as ones to embrace the role/title of hero.
Help others be the hero? Yep.
Witnessed heroic acts and even been the recipient of some? Absolutely.
Quickly name people that we deem worthy of the title, hero? Without a doubt, yes.
But not us. Well, unless you’re among the minority who’s comfortable walking around with the swagger that comes with wearing a cape. Whether that’s physical or metaphorical.
Why is that? Even when we know that we really stepped up BIG for someone in some type of way.
Do we just plain feel unworthy of the title?
Listen, stepping into the role of hero often means that you are standing in the gap on behalf of someone else. And that, my friend, can be a responsibility we just don’t want to knowingly take on.
Yes, I’m scared.
When it comes to our purpose, no matter how many cloudy or clear days we walk it out, we know that it’s bigger than us. We know that our purpose is ultimately for the benefit of others. And when it comes to being responsible in any way, shape or form for others, well, that can be scary!
If you are one who believes, like me, that God has assigned you just who those “others” are, then you also know how hard the forces of anything against God are going to be against you too! This could be exactly why we are scared to step in or up as someone’s (anyone’s) hero!
The most common tactics purpose haters will use to thwart you from pursuing your purpose:
Any and everything that can get you to wonder about or wander away, instead of walk like a warrior – is an attack on your purpose.
Anything that has you dwelling on your setbacks more than planning your epic comeback – is an attack on your purpose.
Convinced that waiting until – things are…better, ready, perfect, etc. when you know the assignment you were given – is an attack on your purpose. And it’s only going to have you circling back to the first two tactics.
Enemies of God are enemies of you too and will do whatever they can to make you scared to live your purpose. And trust me when I say, those tactics will go waaay beyond doubt, discouragement and delay.
I’ve got good news for you, one that will take the hurt from scary what ifs, to empowering even ifs.
It’s exchanging the word scared for sacred.
It’s time to re-direct your focus from fear and restore it to reflect the fact that God will do everything He can to help you see that you are His. Created on purpose for purpose.
And when you are His, it means that you are sacred.
The Greek word for sacred is hieros and it means “consecrated to God”.
Hmm, doesn’t the word hieros sound a lot like the word, heroes? It’s even spelled similarly.
Take it a step further and look at the definition of the word, consecrate. You can look for yourself here, but my favorite description is this: to devote to a purpose with or as if with deep solemnity or dedication
Now doesn’t that sound like what God has in mind when He thinks and plans for us?
So EVEN IF you feel scared, take a moment to remember that you are sacred and then proceed with the expectation of the One who is devoted to go with you, strengthen you and ultimately works things out for your good.
That is, IF you believe Him, trust Him and follow where He directs…
Below are just a few of those reminders for you 👇
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. ~Deuteronomy 31:6 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? ~ Psalm 56:11 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:27-28
We are not victims who are scared, but victors who are sacred, redeemed and assigned to help others. We were made to be heroes!
Let’s not become like our world who’s obsessed with outcomes and spending so much time and energy predicting them. Who love to point fingers when those outcomes become “unexpected”. Friend, our next breath is unexpected.
There are no guarantees on how our life is going to go. Our job is to fill a need when we see it, offer a helping hand when and where we can, work to the best of our ability, be kind and ultimately have a life that points to the One who created us.
In a culture that will vilify you for being on the wrong side of a narrative anyway, wouldn’t it make sense to seek the truth for yourself and stand by it?
Life is short, live in a way that you create a legacy that will outlive you – be the hero you were meant to be. God knows that’s exactly what He put you here for!
inspired to be a hero like the ones around me right there with ya,
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