Every aspiring young baseball player admires a Hank Aaron. Barbara Bush has become a model and inspiration for many people. Christians need heroes and heroines. People who have feared and loved God in the past point the way for us. They light the path, set the pace and ignite a vision.
Time magazine has chosen annually a Man of the Year who appears on the cover. In 55 years real individuals have been selected for the honor. In 1982 Time’s hero was the computer. Few would quarrel with the importance or even the validity of the choice. However, it seems a poor match for a man or woman of the year. Heroes and heroines are made of flesh and blood.
When I am tempted to deny Christ, or to choose the path of least resistance for the sake of myself, I am inspired by a Gideon, a Rahab, a Samuel and a Corrie ten Boom. When Oliver Cromwell was arranging for the education of his son Richard, he said, “I would have him learn a little history. When we are discouraged, let us look back and remember and take heart again. What God can do once he can do again.”
Father, I am grateful for past heroes and heroines of the faith. Make me worthy of their legacy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.