Inspiring post! Nothing is as inspiring to the human soul as a hero. Though we live in a day when the word “hero” is thrown about cheaply, this of course doesn’t negate the fact that they are actual heroes in our midst. For those struggling at the moment in their journey, remember this: in any hero’s story one finds both peaks and valleys. Thanks Seth for this exhortation to push on and be the inspiration this generation so desperately needs.
You can be a hero
Here and there I see my savior’s face
He’s still my favorite loser
Falling for the entire human race
Indonesia, I discovered David Bowie’s song “Heroes” (see video below).
I loved the evocative way Bowie described the primal yearning in all of
us to transcend our mundane reality. The song, obscure at the time, itself became representative of the heroic cycle, 23 years later coming out of nowhere to be named #46 on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
[THE DEPARTURE] After graduating from college, I spent nine successful years preparing for a career in ministry. But it came to a sudden and confusing end when I was asked to leave an enterprise I’d helped start. I was discouraged and ready to give up on the prospect of a ministry career. But in the midst of this, God spoke to me and told me to “not grow weary in well-doing.”
[THE INITIATION] I had a young family with five children under the age of seven. It was in the midst of this personal crisis that I started Adventures In Missions. A couple of years later, through further crisis, I gradually I began to learn to hear the Lord’s voice and follow his direction. As our children grew, I learned more about the process of discipling them. AIM grew and I grew in my desire to see young people walk as Jesus walked.
We all are inspired at some level by the heroic.
In the days after 9/11 my company was retained by Lisa Beamer who had the sad privilege of being married to a real hero.
Todd’s declaration: “Let’s roll!” became a rallying cry for people stunned by the attack on the World Trade Center.
But as she volunteered in a meeting once “Todd was an everyday hero”.
He showed up for life. Loved God. Cared for his children. Was committed to his wife and friends.
And in the moment of deep testing He had Jesus as a reservoir of greatness.
We all need a hero.
And we are given the power to be one in everyday life often away from the glare of affirming glances.
Great post, especially where you mention that there is a death and commitment phase before you get to where you want to be. I think too many people forget that, and lose heart when the way gets tough. I feel like I am in the pre-departure stage of my heroic journey, kind of like packing your bags and making sure that you have your phone charger. Right now, I am just itching to pull up my anchor and set sail. You had a blog about having a yes in your spirit to fulfilling your purpose. I said yes immediately, but I felt God say, “No, not right now.” So now, I am trying to prepare in any way necessary for when I get the green light to move. The downside is that I am getting stir crazy, and I am looking to God’s Word to keep me sane and at peace in the meantime.
do you have a link to bubba fortner’s blog?
Great blog. I’ve been learning a lot about this path and I’m still trying to figure out which part of it I’m on. I guess since my wife and I are leaving for the race in January we’re probably in the departure stage. But I’m so set on learning about kingdom and enabling future generations (including our kids) to go further and further in living God’s kingdom and shining light into darkness.