Saturday, June 16, 2012

Real Heroes

pl. he·roes

A person noted for feats of courage
 or nobility of purpose,
especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life

Each year a large caravan of trucks, vans, cars and buses
head to Point Loma, California. 
Over the years it has become a well oiled machine.
The purpose is to invest in teenagers. 
A large team of adults take off work, some give up vacation time.
Others put in multiple hours of planning,
taking time away from family and friends.
Sacrifices are made all for one purpose:
 Sharing the love of God to a generation searching for
significance, acceptance, love, relationship, truth, community, etc.

It is hard work, but done with joy, humor, and creativity.      
There are those that lead from the front, using humor to draw students in, so they can speak into their lives.  

 Men that work hours to create fun moments of team building and community.

Adults to serve behind the scenes as childcare workers so that those in leadership can serve the students knowing their own children are being cared for.
There are also those that serve on the tech crew, worship team, nurses
and I am sure others that I have forgotten.

Heroes all... with nobility of purpose, making sacrifices for the good of others.

The Bible calls this service. 
The Bible speaks of the importance of loving your neighbor in several places.
My favorite is in Romans 13:8-10
Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another;
for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
 For this, "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder,
You shall not steal, You shall not covet,"
and if there is any other commandment,
 it is summed up in this saying,
 "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
 Love does no wrong to a neighbor;
therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Laying down important things for the good of another is heroic.
Loving a neighbor by serving them is heroic.
Taking time out of a full life to point another to Christ is heroic.

Nobility of purpose

Sacrificing for the good of others 

I would like to think that Jesus is smiling down on the unsung heroes that made Redemption summer camp a success.
It is an act of worship to the Savior
who is the true Hero of those that call Him Lord.

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