Sometimes the word “hero” conjures up ideas of someone who is larger than life – maybe a superhero like Captain America or Thor, from the Avengers. So there’s this kind of silent default thinking that happens in my mind that I’ll never be that amazing, so don’t even try. When I think this way, I quietly give myself permission to be self absorbed, detached & ultimately anti-heroic.
Being a hero can most certainly be the person who does massive & sacrificial things. But I think that being a hero is more about a mindset than a one-time action. Being a hero can happen in actions of all sizes. A hero in our world is a person with a hero’s point of view: sacrificial, generous, encouraging, affirming, engaged, minimal or devoid of complaints & criticisms. Let’s consider that a hero is a lot about how we think & not just what we do
My dad died a few years ago & almost everyday I continue to enjoy his generosity because he gave me his car when he was no longer able to drive. This car is generally reliable & super safe so I’m thinking that my daughter might acquire it when she’s able to drive. My dads generosity has kept me going & moving forward for much of my life.
This has made me think about my Heavenly Father, who helps me everyday to make progress & move forward, in all kinds of ways. My Heavenly Father helps me:
when I get scared, want to hunker down & stop moving
to move forward with wisdom & not just reaction
with decisions that lead to progress rather than stagnation
in taking steps of all sizes, reminding me that you can’t steer a parked car
How would your Heavenly Father help you today to move forward, go someplace & make progress?
Consider that the Holy Spirit, our Heavenly Help, helps us know that we are children of or Heavenly Father – Rom 8:16
I have this mindset that says miracles, resurrection & supernatural living are like an on & off switch, with immediate results. But this morning, I was reading in Ezekial 37 about the valley of dry bones. It became really clear to me that all these bones didn’t go from lifeless to resurrected without going through a process. When you read this chapter, you’ll see that:
sinews were connected.
flesh (muscles) formed on the bones.
skin covered the flesh.
Ezekial was required to prophecy breath / life into these corpses for them to come alive.
If you’re like me, we both have dead areas in our lives that desperately need divine resurrection. Let’s be open to the reality that resurrection can be a process & the Holy Spirit is the breath of life to ignite the culminated process
When my kids were younger, we experienced the wonderful invention of zero depth pools, with a gradual depth increase. In contrast to zero depth, when I grew up, there was only the ladder on the side of the pool for climbing in gradually or one could hurl herself into the public pool that wasn’t heated for a shocking jolt.
When I think about trusting God, I prefer to do the trust adventure in a zero depth paradigm – gentle & gradual increase with time & space aplenty. But there are times in God’s sovereign wisdom that we have to jump in the deep end with trusting God. Deep end trust with God could be decisions we make about the future (jobs, marriage, etc), concerns with our kids, relationships, etc.
With God’s help, let’s determine that we’ll be agile with both ways of trusting God: the big plunge & zero depth
I’m a super firm believer in having mentors & being a mentor. There’s lots of wisdom that we can acquire & pain we can avoid when we have mentoring in our lives. Sometimes we might feel short on mentors in our lives but for me, one of the best mentors are books. Here’s the honest truth with books – I read all kinds: leadership, management, spiritual, Navy SEAL books, Greek, etc. I also get lots of mentoring from various people by just asking questions & listening! I also get lots of mentoring by receiving correction & feedback that’s not always very affirming, smile.
Mentoring is good for us
This is a page of my handwriting, which is possibly the most illegible you’ll ever see in your entire life. But I keep writing – not to make my handwriting better (that might be hopeless) but for a different reason, maybe a little bit like Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples.
Consider that Peter was one of the crowning examples of success on the Day of Pentecost when he stood up to share about Jesus to a massive crowd of curious Jews. From Peter’s message, 3,000 became followers of Jesus & the Christian church was birthed with the power of the Holy Spirit. But if one looks into Peter’s years preceding Pentecost, I wouldn’t really throw him in the “successful category.” From my perspective, he was kind of a loose lipped, impulsive wannabe, not unlike me from time to time.
But here’s an essential ingredient for the success secret sauce: practice.
Peter kept practicing even though he had frequent failures, shortfalls & general stupidity. But he kept practicing. Even when Jesus corrected Peter, he didn’t quit practicing. Sometimes Peter got it right, “Jesus, you’re the Son Of God.” Sometimes he needed to keep practicing, like when he tried to forbid Jesus from dying for the sins of the world, whoops.
Rather than framing our mistakes in the failure or quitting filter, let’s keep the practice mindset & know that the more we practice the more we grow & the better people we become. What are some areas in your life that need more practice?
Have you read my latest book, Jesus Chicks? Here’s the honest truth: this is the best thing I’ve published so far & I sincerely believe everyone should read it! Why? Because this book will help you experience & know Jesus is greater clarity, connection and transformation. I’ve done some TV programs on it and boatloads of peeps have told me how much they loved it! So here are a few things for your consideration: