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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)

TITLE: Who's Singing
By Dave O'Neil
12/14/06


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Nikki sees the world through different eyes than you or I. She leans against the building in a crouch, squinting against the swirling dust of the sidewalk. That same gust carries the aroma advertising the food cart several feet away on the corner. Two days ago, maybe three, she last ate. Her introspective on how and why she finds herself here is interrupted by a woman approaching. As Nikki ate the sandwich she had just been handed, the woman shared some words of hope.

There are rare moments in this hectic life where things slow down just long enough for us to absorb the events going on around us. The delicate balance between passing observer and willing participant is challenged, and an opportunity is unveiled. Love that is poured so freely into our hearts spills over, to the benefit of some worthy recipient. Whether a helping hand, a word or encouragement, or a material need, suddenly we are accountable for what we know. God has given us all we need to participate in what He is doing in the lives of those around us (2 Peter 1:3-4).

The “unsung hero” is an interesting creature. The “hero” part is not as difficult as the “unsung” disclaimer. Most of us have moments of compassion, and can feel the suffering of others. We can act out of desire for them not to suffer any more. Where we need the strength of the Holy Spirit is in recognizing that we do these things as unto the Lord. If these opportunities present themselves when nobody else is around, the “unsung” label can apply. The only way others will know is if we “sing our own song”, letting others know just how wonderful we really are.

Taking the attitude of a servant, we understand it is a privilege to be used in the incredible works that God sets out to accomplish (Eph. 2:10). Our reward is that our recognition comes from the same source as the opportunity. This verse speaks of that: Zephaniah 3:17 - “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save, He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV). So I guess we are not the unsung hero after all.


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Myrna Noyes12/15/06
Very interesting! This is a creative look at the unsung hero, who is really not "unsung" at all, because God sings over us! :) How comforting to be reminded of this! Just like an earthly parent sings over his or her baby or young child! Thank you for sharing this piece with us!
Donna Emery12/15/06
I LOVE the idea of God singing over us. I had forgotten this verse and I thank you for reminding us. You expressed your views clearly. Keep writing.