What is a hero? You may think of Superman, Batman or even Wonder Woman. Those are heroes, but what about the “heroes in disguise?” Heroes in disguise are people like firemen, police officers, soldiers or even your parents. All of these people have important jobs and that’s what makes them a hero. Heroes have many wonderful characteristics but I wanted to take this opportunity to look at five of the most important, in my opinion, characteristics of a hero.
The first important characteristic of a hero would be strength. In Philippians 4:13 it reads, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Strength is important for all heroes but especially for firemen. Firemen have to carry lots of weight while fighting a fire. They carry an oxygen tank, a big and bulky suit, a heavy helmet, heavy shoes and so much more! In some conditions, firemen have to carry unconscious bodies out of a house with all the heavy stuff on their backs! Wow! Now that is what you call a strong hero!
The next characteristic is being brave. Deuteronomy 31:6 reads, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave or forsake you.” It is especially important for a soldier to be brave. Imagine leaving your family to fight in the war, putting you life on the line every day, and not knowing, when you go to sleep, if you will live to see another day! I’m even scared thinking about that!
My third characteristic is the act of being selfless. Mark 12:31 reads, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” I think this is one of the most important characteristics that any hero could ever have. Even God said it was the most important rule that he has given us.
Another characteristic is the determination to do what is right. Romans 12:31 reads, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” There is never a reward for doing evil, but the reward for doing good is satisfaction. An easy way to fall into doing evil is temptation. A police officer has to deal with that pressure every day. Say a man, that the police officer knew very well, robbed a house. The police officer would have to make a choice to arrest his friend or to let him go. The right thing to do would be to arrest the man, no matter what. Something like that would be very hard to do, but a real hero knows that the only way is the right way
My final characteristic is the most important of all. A hero is someone who knows and loves God more than life. All of these verses have one thing in common: God made these rules for his followers do that they could live a happy life. Any hero would trust that God made a path for their life and that they are safe in God’s hands
Lucy Bryson is an eighth-grader at Harlan County Christian School.