All men – all people — are created equal – then a few become firefighters.
All people are created equal – then a few become cops.
All people are created equal – then a few become brothers and sisters.
And aunts and uncles.
And wives and husbands.
And mothers and fathers.
And grandma’s and grandpa’s. Godmothers and godfathers.
Doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists, carpenters, nurses, painters, mechanics, technicians, pilots, writers, editors, truck drivers, farmers, musicians, dancers, ad infinitum.
Heroes are ordinary people who do extraordinary things, and most of the time it’s not splashed across the 6 o’clock news or on the front page of the newspapers. They are the Silent Heroes that keep an example before us just by living their lives day in and day out. They keep on keeping on.
Heroes are people who have found something to believe in, something to trust, something to hold dear, and something worth fighting for – no matter what.
They don’t do it for fame or fortune. Some call it duty, some call it responsibility, others call it service. Really they do it out of love and compassion.
“There is no love greater than this: Than to lay down your life for a friend.” (John 15:13)
Whether that “laying down” happens in a few seconds or over many years, the result is the same, the love just as great.
Heroes are never defined by the color of their skin, where they live, how much money they do or don’t have, what language they speak.
They are defined by Love, Honor, Virtue, Compassion, Courage, Kindness, Gentleness, Self-control, and Humility.
Against such there is no power that will defeat Heroes – created equal in the sight of God.
As all people are.