Our greatest heroes should be those who teach us how to be heroic. Historically, a hero was a warrior who, through valor and nobility, sacrificed for a cause greater than self. Their selfless service earned respect and admiration and merited emulation by others. A true hero’s character is rooted selflessness because they fight for something greater than their own existence. If our “heroes” are those who exist primarily to promote themselves, we may never attain the heroism which God destined us to live. We should ask: Who are our greatest heroes—and why? Perhaps our hero hails from Hollywood, the NFL, Nashville or Washington D.C.—or graces our HD TV screen every night. Who is the person we would most like to become? Why? The answer will reveal something about our own character. Why do we aspire to become a star athlete, great politician or super model? I must admit, my own aspirations were completely rooted in selfishness—things like money and pride. It is only God who purifies our aspirations because He is love and there is no selfishness or pride in love. When our heart and mind are set upon remaining purified by God’s love, then we can become heroes worth emulating. As God changes our heart, we admire a much different type of hero. Now, one of my greatest heroes is a man I’ve known since I was about 12. He has passionately lived God’s divine destiny and has made an eternal difference for thousands of souls. He is humble; yet, one of the strongest men I’ve ever met. When I look in his eyes I see the soul of a hero. His life will live beyond His death because he has daily lived in God’s heroic purpose by choosing selflessness over selfishness. He is a hero because he is a man after God’s own heart. I am blessed to have his friendship and example so that I may aspire to live heroically! “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John‬ ‭15:13‬)