I loved reading children story books, especially when I was a child and believed animals could talk and there is actually a king in the jungle. What I loved were the lessons and the heroes; most of the stories had a hero who saved the day. At the end of the day, I wanted to be like that hero, I wanted the wisdom, the courage and the impact the hero had to the community. Oh, plus the praise and attention.
In the movies I watch now, there are still heroes. In fact they are exaggerated and called ‘superheroes’ Children want to dress like them, we want merchandise that promote these heroes, I mean, we want to be like them too. So strong, so beautiful, so courageous, so powerful.
Now, it is allowed in movies and in books to bring out heroic characters to teach a lesson. But is it allowed in our walk of faith? When you encourage, who is the hero? When you preach, who is the hero? When you sing, who is the hero? In church, we can choose to make ourselves the heroes of our stories, we can make our families the heroes, we can make the church our heroes. It is all in what we say, how we say it and why we say it. It also depend on how we treat those around us.
God created us for His pleasure. To bring glory to His name. The psalmist says “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory” (Ps. 115:1). The people around us should see the change and transformation, they should see the miracles in our lives, they should hear of what the Lord has done in our lives. But at the end of the day, Jesus should remain the hero of our stories. Ultimately He should receive all the glory and honour. You are not the hero in your testimony; God is.
Today, may the Lord help us to live lives that depicts Him as the hero. May we not take the place of God in our lives, not to us, but to His name be all the glory for all He has done in us and through us.