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
a : the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work
b : the central figure in an event, period, or movement
plural usually he·ros : submarine 2
: an object of extreme admiration and devotion : idol
So when I see the word hero associated with a sandwich,
or a video game,
or even a professional athlete,
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.)