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Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)
TITLE: Who's Singing
By Dave O'Neil
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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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