Words too often overused

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I think it’s commonly accepted that the word love is overused. If I were to say I love Jesus, I love my family and I love a good pair of flip flops all in the same breath, you’d have to wonder (and hope, I would imagine) that I’m speaking about varying degrees of love.

But love is not the only word bandied about to a point where it’s lost some of its impact.

The Merriam-Webster definition of hero is as follows:

a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
b : an illustrious warrior
c : a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
d : one who shows great courage
2
a : the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work
b : the central figure in an event, period, or movement
3
plural usually he·ros : submarine 2
4
: an object of extreme admiration and devotion : idol

So when I see the word hero associated with a sandwich,

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or a video game,

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or even a professional athlete,

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I wonder if we don’t downplay what the true meaning of a hero is.

The following video from Worship House Media was played in church Sunday. It is a moving reminder of all the fallen heroes who gave so much for what many of us too often take for granted. (Hopefully, your computer will allow you to view it full screen.)

We remember our fallen heroes today and we are grateful.

(Note: If you can’t view this video, please click on the link to Worship House Media above and watch it on their website.)

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6 Responses to “Words too often overused”

  1. Candy May 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    In comparison to those who serve our country, things like sandwiches and video games are certainly put to shame. I have a friend who has two sons in Afghanistan right now and have prayed about her all day. Those guys are heroes, as are the ones who have given their all.

    The video has some amazing, inspirational quotes. Love that you shared it.

  2. Simply Darlene May 30, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    I could not agree more, miss Kathy. As we remember America’s war dead, let us not forget the soldiers heros who come back, but are never quite the same. The families that are left behind. And all those left wondering…

    http://simplydarlene.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/americas-war-dead/

    Blessings.

  3. sapir May 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    as the classic song said: “i need an hero!!!” 😉
    i agree with you that these days the meaning of the words are gone! and i have a very good example for this, the sentence – I LOVE YOU……

  4. floyd May 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Amazing video. Thank you for a superb reminder of what a true “hero” really is. It’s so easy to lose track of it in our instant gratification world. I thank God for the courage and bravery He born into the men and women He chose to be our heros. GOD BLESS AMERICA

  5. leenanna May 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    You are totally right “hero” is downplayed and used to play on our emotions which we associate with the words, like many other ones in marketing. Thanks for sharing the video. <3

  6. Jake June 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Entirely appropriate and absolutely correct. It’s a dramatic word and it seems that our advertising and everyday speech is becoming so exaggerated that words like this are abused. It leaves us with no fitting title for men and women like this.

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