Un­sUng Heroes

Activated - - NEWS - By Chalsey Doo­ley

God alone is aware of the vast quan­tity of heroic deeds tak­ing place each day. If plaques were given for each, there wouldn't be enough space on all the walls in the world! Per­haps this was on my hus­band Michael's mind when he wrote this song in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the many un­sung heroes. I saw you when no one no­ticed, I watched you from day to day, Ob­served your hum­ble spirit, Ad­mired your sim­ple ways. I won­dered what it had cost you To so will­ingly play your part? Un­til I could not hold back The words that filled my heart: You are the un­sung hero Let­ting your hopes and dreams go That other lives may find what they're dream­ing of. Giv­ing your­self to the ut­ter­most, Hold­ing on, no mat­ter what the cost. In all the world there is no greater love. I've wanted so much to tell you, But words seem so hard to find To show the ad­mi­ra­tion I feel so deep inside. All of those un­seen labors That no­body seems to see Are mak­ing your crown in heaven That will shine eter­nally. I couldn't do what I do With­out you there to help me through. Our lives would know an empti­ness With­out your love and faith­ful­ness.

The other night, my son and I were read­ing a book about John Wes­ley. We dis­cov­ered that as a boy, he was once trapped in a burn­ing build­ing. Some­one no­ticed him, climbed up, and got him out. We don't know that man's name or any­thing else about him, but with­out this anony­mous res­cuer, count­less lives wouldn't have had the op­por­tu­nity to come to know Je­sus through Wes­ley's decades of preach­ing and ac­tive ser­vice for God. Even if we are never heard of and live out our lives as in­vis­i­ble stage hands in a great play, let's do our part well and give oth­ers care and re­spect. We may get our name lit up one day—who knows what the fu­ture holds? But mostly, we'll feel the sat­is­fac­tion of see­ing the rip­ple ef­fect in oth­ers' lives. Chalsey Doo­ley is a writer of in­spi­ra­tional ma­te­ri­als for chil­dren and care­givers and is a full-time edu-mom liv­ing in Aus­tralia. Check out her web­site at www .nur­ture-in­spire-teach.com.

In our world of big names, cu­ri­ously, our true heroes tend to be anony­mous. In this life of il­lu­sion and quasi-il­lu­sion, the per­son of solid virtues who can be ad­mired for some­thing more sub­stan­tial than his well-known­ness of­ten proves to be the un­sung hero. — Daniel Boorstin (1914–2004)

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