So, I started thinking about heroes and then I thought about role models. What’s the difference? I guess a role model is someone you look up to and they live ordinary lives. Role models are everywhere. Teachers, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and even celebrities. I think back and I remember my mother was my role model. She always made sure my siblings and I had everything we needed. She worked so hard for everything we had. Now that I’m a mother and I’ve grown up, I see why I value the things I value. It was my role model – my mom. Thanks, mom. You’re amazing!!!!! No matter what happened between my father and her, she always made sure we had a stable life with all the wonderful things that children need, especially LOVE!!!! Now I understand why I try to make my sons lives as wonderful as possible, because of my mom.
Now let’s look at heroes, those individuals who stood up to social injustice and had the courage to die for what they believed in. I can think of many – JESUS ( the hero above all heroes), Martin Luther (Reformation) Dr. King (Civil Rights Leader), Cesar Chavez (Civil Rights Leader) , Paul the Apostle (wrote many books in the New Testatment), Lady Jane (a Christian martyr), EVERY Christian Martyr, and those who stand for TRUTH and JUSTICE!!! Heroes can shape and define a generation. History books are written about them. They did things to change an entire society. Look at Martin Luther for example. He stood up the tyranny of the Holy Roman Catholic Church of the Renaissance!!!! That took courage! It’s because of him that the Protestant movement came about!! His posting of the 95 thesis on the church of Wittenberg was the catalyst of the slow decline of the Catholic church. Luther stood up for what he believed in.
“Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen.”
Then I think about those young Chicano students that stood up to the “farce and hyprocrisy” in East Los Angeles. My parents were those kids. They were tired of being mistreated because they were Hispanic, especially in school. They did what was necessary to change their lives for the better. I wish more kids today would stand up for what is right and true. Just like the song by Skillet states –
Who’s gonna fight for what’s right?
Who’s gonna help us survive?
We’re in the fight of our lives
And we’re not ready to die
Who’s gonna fight for the weak?
Who’s gonna make ’em believe?
I’ve got a hero, I’ve got a hero
Living in me
I’m gonna fight for what’s right
Today I’m speaking my mind
And if it kills me tonight
I will be ready to die
A hero’s not afraid to give his life
A hero’s gonna save me just in time
I pray that as a mother, daughter, sister, neighbor, and teacher, that I would be a good role model and maybe even a hero to some.