There comes a time in our life when we have to look up to someone for guidance, direction, someone who we can trust to follow the good things in life. Someone who is able to risk their life in danger by saving a life, doing the right thing even though it may be the wrong thing to do.
We have had heroes and heroines in the past: Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Mother Teresa to name a few. What did these people do to earn that title of being a hero. They stood up for what was the right thing to do even though they had enemies that saw different than what they wanted. They knew that something wasn't right and had to change for the better. They lived great lives and wouldn't change what they did if they were to live their lives again.
In Disney Hercules, he wants to be a hero but he doesn't know how. He has strong powers but is clumsy on how to use his strength. He gets a mentor to help him to become a hero. He does have his mistakes and saves the village from monsters. Though his hero hasn't quite got to him yet. He falls in love with a girl and the girl dies and he is sad. He is willing to give up his life to save this one soul. He goes to Hades and finds the girl and rescues her and brings her back to life. Thus he is considered a hero then. Now we know we aren't gods like Hercules is but he is hero because he was willing to give up his life for someone else to live.
Now in our modern life what would constitute a hero? I would say church leaders, teachers, relatives (grandparents, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, in-laws), family (spouse, parent, sibling), good friend, firefighters, police officers, military, etc.
I would say those who wouldn't be considered a hero are those who have: taken money from others and spending it on their own lives, cheating on their spouse, getting trouble with the law constantly, full of hate and no love of mankind. I'm sure we consider movie stars, sport stars, music stars, as heroes. Now I like them to but, some of them have not shown what a true hero should be.
I have several heroes to look up to myself. Though I know that if I need to follow a hero, I would follow Jesus Christ. He has been through so much for all of us. He is willing to do what it takes to be a hero.
Let us find our true heroes and heroines today if not already!