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Unsung Heroes

July 18th, 2008 Posted in encouragement, lost boy, Lost Boy Blog, travel

We live in a celebrity-obsessed culture. Never before have we known so much about people who, in many ways, matter so little.

It makes one wonder, where have the heroes gone? We have a lot of celebrities today, but very few real heroes.

One person put it this way: “The hero is known for achievements; the celebrity for well-knownness. The hero reveals the possibilities of human nature. The celebrity reveals the possibilities of the press and media. Celebrities are people who make news, but heroes are people who make history. Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.”

We need more real heroes today, don’t you think?

Unsung heroes

A hero usually gets the credit for their act and that is why we call them a “hero.”

In contrast, an “unsung hero” is the person who perhaps never gets the credit. We may discover their deed of heroism much later than when they performed it. We may discover them long after they have died.

Unsung heroes are sometimes wives, and other times husbands. Sometimes they are children, but more often they are parents. They can be a teacher, a coach, an uncle, an aunt, or a grandparent.

They are people who worked behind the scenes to help someone else, but while that other person may have gotten the credit, these unsung heroes know they played a part.

Can you think of some unsung heroes in our culture today? Maybe we would recognize them, or they are only known to you. Share with us who they are.

“Unsung Heroes” this Sunday at Harvest

This Sunday morning, I want to talk about unsung heroes. I am going to focus on three men from the Book of Acts who filled that role.

You may be an “unsung hero” too, so I hope this will encourage you.

I’m going to South Dakota!

I am going to be speaking in Rapid City, South Dakota, this Sunday night, July 20.

I will be at a large Christian festival called Hills Alive. I will speak right before the band Switchfoot performs. So remember us in prayer there, if you would.

For more info on Hills Alive, click here.

Lost Boy news!

We will be showing Lost Boy: The Documentary at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa on Sunday, July 27, at 7:00 P.M. I will also be giving a message following the screening.

So if you are in the Orange County area, mark the date and come join us!

9 Responses to “Unsung Heroes”

  1. Rolando says:

    I think of unsung heroes like the bolts and braces that connect and bind a building together. They are not as obvious as the walls and roofs that they hold together, but they are equally important in a building!

  2. Mike says:

    I saw a quote on celebrities versus heroes that was excerpted from Max Webber in Sociological Theory and it made me think of what you were blogging on about heroes. Looking forward to seeing you in Philly in October!

    “Celebrity is an omnipresent feature of contemporary society, blazing lasting impressions in the memories of all who cross its path. In keeping with Weber’s conception of status, celebrity has come to dominate status ‘honor,’ generate enormous economic benefits, and lay claim to certain legal privileges. Compared with other types of status, however, celebrity is status on speed. It confers honor in days, not generations; it decays over time, rather than accumulating; and it demands a constant supply of new recruits, rather than erecting barriers to entry.”

  3. Marlya says:

    I have often wondered why celebrities get so much hype rather than ones, such as the firefighter or doctor who save lives everyday, or the teachers who educate our children or the parents who raise them day in and day out. Then I remember that the Bible tells me their reward is in Heaven, to those that believe in Him. Amen.

  4. Marlya Linn says:

    Hi Pastor Greg! I am so excited that you are coming to Rapid City SD!! I have been listening to you for years and I sent an email 7 years ago to Harvest.org for you to come speak hear and I prayed about it and I can’t believe you are finally coming hear!! I just want you to know that listening to you speak has helped me grow as a Christian years after I gave my life to the Lord. I thank God for a Pastor like you:) I hope that I get to meet you when you come here Sunday! God Bless, Marlya

  5. Suzie says:

    WOW what a show on TBN last night. I could see just how much fun the three of you were having and I can just imagine the fun off camera. And by the way, Pastor Jeff looked real nice there in the audience too. Once again GREAT SHOW!! I believe that the testamonies given last night will reach into the hearts of many people just as they did my own.

  6. Rosy says:

    I got to see last nights program on TBN. It was awesome. It was good to see the pastors who started the Calvary Chapel family come together in one show. I saw Pastor Jeff in the audience. The message all three of you made were very powerful. I’m sure many people watching were blessed. I know I was. By the way, your imitation of Chuck Smith was good I thought you sounded just like him :)

  7. Debbie says:

    My heroes…

    Brother Michaels, who didn’t think it a waste to invest in a young girls life. Lenae Petterson, who put her faith into action and her life on the line, making an a eternal difference in a family. And finally Chuck who took the time to care, really care being a servant, giving a teenager rides to church:).

    One person can make an eternal difference, I was blessed to have Three!

  8. Teri says:

    We do need more heroes today! We hear about celebrities all the time, but not too much is said about “Heroes”. I know they’re out there! I’d like to mention all of the teaching leaders of the women’s Bible study. They are all so amazing and they bless my life each and every week!!!! I can hardly wait for September to arrive! My group leaders are such an example of what Godly women should be like. Thanks to all of them!

  9. Raquel says:

    I saw the three of you last night on TBN. Chuck Smith has done marvelous things through the power of Christ. Like he says, “over and abundant.” It was great to see some of the fruit of his labor through you and Raul, and how both of you came to ministry. I continue to listen to Chuck on the radio and thank God for using him to present the Word of God so clearly and for so long. Like you said last night, behind every great man is a great woman, and I believe that Chuck’s wife is an unsung hero. God bless her!

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