This is a blog post that has been a week in the making … Due to all of the sickness I’ve had in the past three weeks, it just hasn’t worked it’s way out of my mind until now!! (With a cold, then a sinus infection, then the stomach virus from Hades, I feel like my life has been an episode of Wipeout)
These past few weeks has given me many opportunities to think about this. I deal with it daily, especially for the past three years of my life, and now I am watching this happen to many of my friends. And it is not fun…
A HERO is someone who rises above the ordinary to accomplish feats that seem impossible. Many of our heroes are heroes because they have done this at great personal risk and sacrifice, many times rising above huge obstacles to pull us from the fire. When I look around, there really ARE heroes in life… all around us.
And when I think of the first heroes we knew, I am drawn to people like my dad. And I have certainly blogged enough about him in the last few years, but let me make it clear: Two of my greatest heroes are Don and Janet Wike. They have ALWAYS gone above and beyond for me, my sisters, and my family. And even though dad is enduring great sickness, mom has just stepped in and filled the hero bill in an even GREATER way.
But, these past few weeks I’ve seen MANY heroes in tough spots. I’ve seen Shirley, a hero that is doing EXACTLY what my mom is doing here in Florence in taking care of her husband (who is on the same track as my dad), and now Shirley is facing some MAJOR medical battles. And, true to form, as I talked to her yesterday (over the phone, because I wouldn’t DARE give her this stomach thing) she has a terrific attitude and is only thinking of her family … If attitude were 50% of the cure, then she would be 75% cured RIGHT NOW!!
I’ve seen my friend Bob, a true man of steel, face one of the toughest cancer surgeries that EXISTS. And, so far, he is doing well. The road will be long for him, but this is one of the toughest dudes I know. I think once cancer realizes WHO it is messing with, it will go running like a sissy.
I visited my friend Nick, whom I haven’t seen in many years. Nick is the father of one of my oldest friends and he always treated me like a son, too. And when someone loves you, you cannot help but love them. I haven’t seen him in at least 20 years, but he had a major stroke and is now recovering in rehab. And I considered it a great honor to even get to go see him last Friday. He is another one of the heroes that will not let this get him!!
And, today, a close friend, Mary, will undergo a second surgery for cancer. She is another one of those “Wonder Woman” types, with a heart of gold and the courage of a momma bear when it comes to her family. Now, she is gonna be FINE and will outlive many of us who read this. But, she is a hero just the same.
And it is hard to see heroes when they are down, even if only for a little while. When I think about some of what I’ve seen these past few weeks … And even these past 18 years I’ve been at Ebenezer … It forces me to realize that these heroes that we know and love ARE only human. And there will be a day when each of them (as each of US) will cross over that river … And then, WHERE will all of the heroes be???
And I’ve realized this: WE HAVE TO STEP UP!! Because, if we are man and woman enough to do this, WE are the next generation of heroes!! And maybe NOW is the time for some of US to step up and fill the gaps … and do extraordinary things for those around us. For NO reason, perhaps other than the fact that God is calling us.
When I think about all of the heroes I’ve known at EBC and even in my life, I realize most all of them have done the things they have done in the power of the Holy Spirit. And the same GOD … the same HOLY SPIRIT … has promised to BE WITH US and EMPOWER US to do HEROIC THINGS!! Things that defy explanation!!!
So, think about it … Maybe it is time for YOU to step up!!
And please don’t forget to pray for these heroes!! And the ones in your lives, too!