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Heroes

Heroes…

The world is full of so-called heroes.  Young people look up to celebrities whom are greatly leading this young generation in the wrong direction.  From football stars, to basketball stars, to movie stars, both young and old are watching on the television, on the computer, and buying up magazines at the supermarket to track their every move.  They watch their rise to fame, the money they are making, but also their lives falling apart with drugs, divorce, and a wild lifestlye.

We need to point our children and grandchildren in the right direction when seeking heroes.

Who are my heroes…

My Grandparents:  My grandpa and grandma left Bloomington, IN when my dad was a child.  They headed to Iowa City, IA, a city where they knew no one, and a city with no Apostolic Church.  They rented an apartment, and rented a storefront, and began holding services.  My grandfather left a well paying job, and began busting tires at Montgomery Wards to pay the bills.  He also started a church in Phoenix, AZ years later.  I have watched my grandparents throughout my life always sacrificing so they could fulfill God’s will in their lives.  They will never be rich, they will never receive awards or accolades, and will never be well known, but in my eyes they are heroes and giants!

My Parents:  29 years ago, my dad relocated to Williston, ND to take over a small church.  This is where I grew up.  We never had family near us and we had to travel great distances to spend time with family.  We spent Easters, Birthdays, and Christmas with just the four of us.  I have watched the struggle at times when it seemed that things were falling apart in the church.  But for 29 years, I have watched my dad continue to sacrifice his life for the purpose that God has in it, never complaining and never doubting God!

My Wife:  12 years ago, I married the greatest lady ever!  She had NO clue what she was getting into!  She has stuck by me through thick and thin, and last year she moved away from her family and her friends, to follow me to the other side of the state, so we could fulfill God’s will in our lives.  She has stepped up to the plate, and even stepped up to the pulpit a few times when needed, and dealt with ‘issues’ as they arose, going way outside of her comfort zone!  She has amazed me, standing strong, and not doubting God’s direction in our lives!

Jesus Christ:  At the top of my list of heroes, is Jesus Christ!  Noone else has ever went to the cross for me.  He’s always been there, through thick and through thin, through the highs and the lows!

Now how about you…go find some heroes worth looking up to!

 

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