A fictional being with superpowers? An athlete, musician or actress? Maybe a grandpa, or aunt or even you?
That is all great.
Do they have the chance to hear about ordinary, everyday people who make a difference? Regular Joes and Janes who impact people’s lives by their words, their actions, or their love?
A longtime St. Paul Lutheran Church member passed away this week. But he was no Easter, Christmas, wedding, and funeral member. He was faithful and committed and involved. Numerous folks have told me that this man was the very first to greet them when they visited St. Paul Lutheran for the first time. Others recall his genuine care for them, or his generosity, or his sense of humor, or his deep love for the Lord and the Lord’s work. They would recall his joy in life, his pride in his family, his deep love and respect for his dear wife. Others would report on his leadership in the congregation, in the community and in our Florida-Georgia District.
Your child might know him as the 80+ year old gentleman who carefully and safely sprayed for weeds on campus. Your child might have seen folks in the office enjoying the weekly box of donuts he brought. (And one would always end up on my desk, the results of which are obvious.)
We know never to put our full faith in other humans. Only trust in Jesus. Every person has his flaws and challenges. But we can hold up for our children examples of true heroes, even if they do not have massive numbers of Twitter or Instagram followers.
I would ask you to consider talking to your child about how he or she can learn from and follow real life heroes right here in our midst. I would encourage you to seek out these kinds of examples and make an effort to point them out. It would be great to let your child know that he or she, too, can make a difference for others, regardless of age. That your child, too, can be someone’s hero someday.
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:23
In His Children’s Service, Robert C. Boyd