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Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)
TITLE: The Unheroes
By Joe Moreland
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Furtively, they make the difference: Rescuing the drowning from their wells of despair, plucking the desperate from their rooftops of anguish, and retrieving the invisibles from their banishment to obscurity. They have many skills with which to accomplish these heroic deeds. So many skills they use with their typical aplomb.
It may be a boy sitting isolated and alone in the school cafeteria; a simple visitation and some casual conversation are all that are needed to lift him up from the depths to which he may have sunk in his own mind. Or perhaps it’s the girl in the workplace who is invisible, toiling away in the shadows, never seen nor heard by her co-workers. Some public recognition, some private praise, can be just the thing that illuminates her smile and reveals her once again to the world.
Perhaps it’s the family that comes into the church with walls built up all around. Walls which keep friends, acquaintances and even each other at arm’s length. Some encouragement, edification and the building of friendship, trust and a relationship centered in God can knock holes in those walls, putting in their place gates which can, occasionally, be opened.
It is acts such as these that define our subjects. Willing to risk their own popularity, sacrifice their time and effort, and work to restore what has been lost and damaged; they linger on the fringes, waiting for their opportunities to serve. Their character and strength, molded in the hands of God, give them the fortitude to withstand any criticism or ridicule that may come their way for their selfless deeds.
They are unrecognized, unappreciated, unheard, unseen, unflinching, unafraid and unfinished. They are the UNHEROES, and they exist everywhere in all walks of life. They can be found in our schools, at our jobs, in our churches. These unselfish and unbelievable souls appear when needed most, never leaving unsaid what should be said or undone what should be done, even at great peril to their own reputations.
They are people you’ve met, people you know, people who live in your very home, perhaps. Maybe, just maybe, you might be one yourself. If so, never fear! Your secret is safe with me. I am a silent witness to it all. Some might say I am an “unwitness”.
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