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Topic: Heroes (03/08/04)

TITLE: Heroes
By Pennie Hoover


“Brrrruuuuzzzzzz! Good Morning Seattle! Time to rise and shine and give God your glory, glory! Get up, get dressed, go out among the loved, the adored, the thin, the successful and even the mean and snotty. You will have a great day. Look around at what the world offers! Look around at what the world promises. You can have it all. You should have it all. Get out there. Be all that you can be, it will never be enough!”

“I hate that alarm clock.”

The world wakes me up and challenges me every day to strive for the images and the things that it values. But, I have a secret weapon. A Hero. And, He is bigger than the world.

I drag myself to the mirror and say good morning to my Hero who lives inside of me. He made me beautiful. I shower and coif to please him and honor his amazing creation. He is a perfectionist.

I love breakfast. It is my favorite meal. My Hero provides breakfast for me every morning. He is so good. I read the words that He wrote and He writes them on my heart to strengthen me for the day. It is miraculous how He does that. He sees the future and knows exactly what I need to learn at exactly what time.

He is my shotgun, my back seat driver and my accountability partner on the way to work. He keeps me safe. He keeps me humble with careless drivers by reminding me that I make mistakes too. He provided my car for me. He could have given me a fancier one but He knew just what would be best for me.

From the car to the office is the hardest part. I always see that beautiful one first. I used to look down because I knew she must think I was fat or frumpy or awkward. But my Hero showed me that she needed Him. He lifted my chin and smiled at her. I saw something in beautiful I never saw before. Now, I even speak to her when we pass.

My Hero points out the successful, intimidating looking ones to me. Without my Hero, I would not even look up. I would just try to get to work as invisibly as I could. He tells me to pray for this one. You have to be patient with this one. This one needs me today and I will use you. Here is one you can trust because I am with him.

I know everyone wishes they could have a Hero like mine, an all powerful, all knowing, all loving, always present help, comforter and teacher. He is available. There is more than enough of Him to go around. He will never turn you away. He will walk with you faithfully every day and everything will look different when He shows it to you.

Member Comments
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Sarah Balk Bond03/15/04
Fantastic! Thank you for portraying Christ just as He is- our everything. Very well-written, I like your conversation type setup. Thanks!
Jacqueline Odom-Bullock03/15/04
All I could do was shake my head in agreement. He is an awesome hero!
Christine Rhee03/15/04
What a creative way to portray who Jesus is, in us and to us!!
Donna Anderson03/15/04
But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. Psalm 3:3 Nice job, Penny! :)
Donna Anderson03/15/04
OOPS sorry...Pennie :)
Linda Germain 03/16/04
Ture!! His IS our hands and feet. Well done.
Kenny Paul Clarkson03/17/04
Very impressive beginning. One mark of a gifted writer (in my humbe opinion) is to capture the readers' attention from the get-go. KPC - 1492@usa.com
Glenda Lagerstedt03/19/04
What a riveting portrayal of how God works in our lives to reach others. Exceptionally well written, clearly demonstrating how to live a triumphant Christian life instead of plodding desperately through it, eyes downcast. I am sure we can all use more of your insights. Keep writing.
Dori Knight03/20/04
i love the piece about the alarm clock, and i can relate: my own clock has a few choice words for me in the morning.

interesting angle and a good job!
Dave Wagner03/20/04
Aw, man! I didn't want it to end!

This is terrific. Such a clear presentation of such a simple, yet neglected, truth. Taking Him with you everywhere, from the moment you wake up! You illustrated this so very well! I hope more and more Christians really, truly get a hold of this...Hero, best-friend, creator, confidante, savior, Lord...

Good work on this. You get a gold star on the top of the page.
Naomi Deutekom03/21/04
I enjoyed the relevency of your article!