We've asked several of our heroes (each celebrating a birthday this month) to share the name of one of their heroes. And for good measure, one of our own AAA October birthday-ers responds too!
There was a season in Amy Carmichael's life during which she was virtually bedridden for 13 years with a physical disability. Some of her most touching yet wisened insights were penned during that time -- insights that have reached deep into my heart. That has made her one of my top heroes!
Joni Eareckson Tada / Joni and Friends® (October 15)
My hero is someone who is now in Heaven. He mentored me with such diligence; I cannot put a price on what he did for me. By example and teaching from the Word of God, he taught me to stand boldly and uncompromisingly on God's Word as the absolute authority. His love of the Bible and a desire to see people saved left an indelible impression on me. God used this hero of the faith to instill a "fire in my bones," and that spiritual legacy left a powerful mark on me and my family -- and on those we are able to influence. The hero? My father.
Ken Ham / Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum (October 20)
William Wilberforce is my hero because when he was converted to Christ he didn't settle back just content with his faith and continue as a leading Parliamentarian. Instead he had the courage to take on the Parliament, the entire business establishment of England, mounting a 20-year long campaign against the slave trade.
But he was wise enough to understand that even if he succeeded in ending a systemic evil it would be a hollow victory unless the hearts and attitudes of the people were changed. He said famously "God has laid before me two great objectives, the abolition of the slave trade and the reformation of manners."
He gave his life and he succeeded in both goals. The slave trade was abolished, and a great awakening swept over England which lasted through much of the 19th century.
Chuck Colson / BreakPoint® and The Colson Center (October 16)
Putting parents aside, I would say Lincoln. I thought his praise was over-stated until I read Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin's masterful biography. He deserves every bit of credit ascribed to his leadership. However, he may need to make room for Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who's biography I just started. Both men stood firm in the face of the enemy.
Jim Sanders / Ambassador (October 15)
Richard Nieme was the speech and drama teacher at Milby High School.
When I arrived as a freshman, I stuttered so badly, I could not eek out a sentence without stumbling for words.
For some unknown reason, Mr. Nieme believed in me, picked me out of hundreds of other high school kids, and urged me to take his course on Debate and also join the other budding actors in his course in Theater Arts. My first response was, "M-m-m-m-m-me? Y-y-y-y-you're a-a-asking m-m-me to st-stand up th-th-there and t-t-t-talk?"
Because of that man's visionary commitment and faithful tutoring, I finally conquered stuttering --- in fact, I wound up having the lead in our senior play.
Insight For Living (October 18)
One of my heroes is Jack McKinnon ... He clearly demonstrates the concept of "absolutely no compromise" when it comes to the truth of God's word. And even as he has reached his 80s, continues to be a great encourager.
Moody Radio (October 11)
Quotes about Heroism
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. -Arthur Ashe
Heroism is endurance for one moment more. -Caucasian Mountain Proverb
A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around. -Edgar Watson Howe
Who is YOUR hero?
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