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Let's talk about heroes
January 8, 2006
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My favorite hero is Joan of Arc. She's not politically correct nowadays, but she was very PC for her day. Whatever you think of her voices, she is an ultimate example of following your Higher Power, from overturning stereotypes, leading soldiers into battle, and stoically enduring imprisonment and a horrific death, all while she was yet a teenager.

She is especially meaningful to me right now. Is she anybody else's favorite hero on this site?

Who else wants to tell us about their favorite hero? As the song goes, "I need a hero".

January 8, 2006
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My hero is Jesus Christ. He endured so much so we could live. He was kind and compassionate. He taught to love your neighbor as yourself. I find the yourself part harder than the neighbor part. Anyway, he loved me so much he gave his life for me, and to me that deserves the utmost respect and love in return.

January 8, 2006
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I'm gonna have to go with Superman on this one.

January 8, 2006
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my hero is my granny. she is eighty seven years old and still one of the most beautiful women i have ever met. she loves life to the fullest. if i could just be a smidgeon like her then i would feel blessed. she always manages to keep her dignity about her no matter what. and when she locked herself in her bathroom, she had no problem opening the window and shimmying down a pipe two floors up to get out. and didn't think twice about it. she's a mess.

January 8, 2006
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I'll have to go with WD:

Superman is a pussy by comparison. 🙂

January 8, 2006
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My hero is my mom...

Although she is no lnger here and has hurt me to no end..

She gave me love when no one else would, she stood her ground until i was able to fy...

She was a best friend you never have twice...

....Kasie>>>>

January 8, 2006
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Tez:

Superman is not....

January 8, 2006
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Kasie,

"She gave me love when no one else would, she stood her ground until i was able to fy...

She was a best friend you never have twice... "

Very poetic! You get to spruce up the language in our book, ok? Seriously, I've been writing/reading poetry since I was 11, and that's good writing.

January 8, 2006
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lost and found and Kasie,

I envy the fact that your heroes are family members. I sure wish mine were. I'd give my right arm to consider either of my folks to be a hero.

mamac,

I also revere Jesus, but don't consider him to be a hero myself. He's in a special class of his own, something above and beyond a hero, in my mind.

January 8, 2006
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Why thank you SEEKER::

i just write from my heart.
but we need a spell checker!!

Love you!

kasie

January 8, 2006
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Kasie,

"i just write from my heart. but we need a spell checker!!"

Spell checkers are easy. You're not. :o)

Spell checking programs are a dime a dozen. MS Word will take care of that.

January 9, 2006
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Kasie,

... and you are a precious, unique individual. No, you could never be the spell checker. Take care.

January 9, 2006
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Compared to WD he is so, is so, is so, is so, is so, is so,is so, is so, is so,is so, is so, is so ... ... to infinity.

🙂

January 9, 2006
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Well, Tez, I appreciate your support of me for hero status.

As far as comparison to Superman goes, though...

I wish I looked good in blue.

And I wish I could fly.

In my favor, I do my mighty deeds without benefit of bulletproof skin. Oh, and I guess not being a fictional character counts for something.

But still, if her werent fictional, he would be pretty cool.

Ok, enough silliness....

Rosa Parks! Rosa Parks!

January 10, 2006
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My Hero is my Sweet Dad!!!

He is the Most Romantic Man I have ever seen in my whole life!

He would bring my breakfast to my bed several times per week, would warm up my car every morning and keep it parked in the driveway right outside the gate, so that I get in easily inside to go to work.

He is an ideal family man, he loves kids, helps mom around the house, does almost all other tasks.

He is warm, tender, sensitive, patient with mom & us, cuddly, emotional, has Big Heart!!!

When we have row or fight, whether it's with us the kids or mom; he is quick to say I am sorry and apologizes and even say something like: "sorry to upset you sweetie!"

I wish I could find a man, one single man ONLY 10% like him!

Please if you see or know a man like that even if ONLY 10%, please introduce us to one another!

My dear parents called me this year on Christmas day at 4 a.m. and when my mom spoke with my me I told her "Mom, you are married to the KINDEST MAN ON THIS PLANET EARTH!"

And when she gave the phone to dad the 1st thing I told dad was: "Dad, you are the KINDEST Man in this World."

We were both in tears missing each other!!!

((((Folks)))) Can you believe it? I have never told dad this sentence when I lived with him & mom. Only when I became independent and living on my own, I started to appreciate and perceive the kindness of my Sweet Dad. I always took his kindness and Sweetness for granted, my poor sweet dad!!! Even mom and my other siblings, all took this Gem Dad for granted!!!

Right now, I am praying to the Lord to grant my a sweet husband who is as sweet as my beautiful and sweet daddy, EVEN IF ONLY 10%!!! ROFLLLLLL
LORD hear my prayers!!! AMEN

Great thread Seek, thank you honey!

~Ras~

January 10, 2006
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Rasputin, you are one LUCKY person to have your dad as your hero, bet you already know that.

January 10, 2006
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Guest - If I find a man who is just a lil like my dad, then I will consider myself Very LUCKY!!!

Yes, Guest. BUT, men like that are Very Rare. Do you know someone with these qualities even if 10%????

January 11, 2006
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On the 9-Jan-06 you said:

" ... ... Ok, enough silliness....

Rosa Parks! Rosa Parks"

OK WD, if I have to then I'll change my vote and nominate the Dalai Lama instead. But you run a close second. 🙂

Any state leader who loses over a million of his people in so horrific a manner and still has compassion for the 'perps' is a bit of alright in my book. His patience and understanding know no bounds.

Talk about turning the other cheek!

January 11, 2006
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I have strong feelings of admiration for so many of the heroes mentioned here.

My ultimate hero is Paul the Apostle.

-Paul was an ordinary man comprised of flesh and blood.

-He was often reminded of his reprehensible past, but never allowed that to affect awesome destiny.

-As he traveld a road with a single purpose in mind, his mission, life, and legacy were interrupted and forever changed. He spent the rest of his life fighting in support of that which he originally considered his enemy. And he fought the good fight, knowing it would cost him a violent end to his life.

Even at his most heroic (a word he would NEVER use to describe himself…he might prefer obedient or faith driven) Paul’s humanity is never lost. He has this style of writing which invites one right into his life, where you can glimpse the frailties, the faults and the struggles of an extraordinary flesh and blood hero…Paul the Apostle.

January 11, 2006
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Young and Restless,

I second your sentiments about the apostle Paul. I feel a bit of a kinship with him. Soon before becoming Christian, I was an atheist and determined anti-Christian. I knew Jesus Christ was the Son of God, but fought against it for a time before accepting him.

That's where the similarity ends. Well, except that we're both intellectuals. And both males, not that that matters much.

Take care, and thank you for telling us about Paul.

January 12, 2006
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You're welcome,

I could go on and on about Paul...He's Da Man!

But what he represents is even more powerful in my eyes.

An ability of our Father to use anyone, at any point in their lives, regardless of their previous agenda (or futile resistance), to bring about his good plan.

Seek, I would love to hear your story of conversion someday when you're ready to tell it.

Take care!

January 13, 2006
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Young and Restless,

Ditto on Paul. One part of his conversion story I love is this: after Paul was smitten with blindness on the Damascus road (Acts 9), he was led to a certain house. God told a disciple to heal him of his blindness. This disciple told God, doesn't he realize how much havoc Paul wreaked (as if God needed to be told this!). God told him to just go do it, and added that he (God) would show Paul how much he would have to suffer for the gospel's sake.

It's as if God was really saying, "Don't worry; I'll make Paul pay for what he did.", to satisfy some feeling of justice the disciple must have been feeling.

I love reading direct interactions between God and people in the Bible.

I'll post my conversion story someday, and I'll make sure you know about it when I do. I won't have time for it for a while, and I'm not quite ready to do so yet anyway. Thank you for asking; I appreciate it.

Take care.

January 13, 2006
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My Buddha can beat your Paul hands down wiff one arm tied behind his back - and he don't need no super Dad to back 'im up eaver!

January 14, 2006
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Tez,

Bring your Buddha on, and our Paul will convert him! LOL

January 14, 2006
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Hey Seek,

I see your point about the disciple wanting some kind of justice for Paul's actions and God suggesting that justice will come in due time. He is a God of justice as well as a God of Mercy.

Saul and the reasons God chose him remain an enigma to me. I’m sure some were more qualified and less contemptuous for Jesus than Saul had been been. The best I can figure here is that Saul actually thought he was doing God’s work when he was persecuting Christians: He was an orthodox Jewish male of the strict religious order of Pharisee; He worshiped at the local synagogue; He prided himself on an ability to keep the law, He lived in expectancy of the coming Messiah. When Christianity began to spread and grow with the central message that Christ is the Messiah, Saul must have felt a very strong reaction like threat because this did not synch up well with his truth at the time.

He watnted to help quiet this buzz of excitement for Christianity-Maybe he thought it was his reasonable service for God. He wanted to silence the many witnesses like Stephen, who were willing to die for the right to proclaim their truth: That Jesus is the Messiah! Saul was highly intellectual as you noted. For that reason, I’m sure something felt off for him about watching these people die to defend a lie…I think some part of him knew that it is just not human nature to die defending a lie, you know what I mean? To counter these feelings, his rationale may have been something like: “You believers have got to wake up…Sure, this fellow was well liked when he waked around town because of his relatable stories, his wisdom and his approachable demeanor. Sure this fellow preformed some pretty neat tricks with smoke and mirrors and sorcery. But, let us not forget that he was executed Roman style. He was defeated! Would the all-powerful messiah allow this to happen to himself? Saul’s motive (underneath all the madness) could have been to show the people the heresy in turning away from God to this new fad-Christianity (Saul would have used a different term than Christainity). As a member of the Sanhedrin Saul thought he had the power to punish outspoken seceders and guide the silent ones back to God by putting fear in their hearts.

I can only imagine that God is watching the entire time saying, "At the right time, when you're ready, I will use you Saul. Your destiny will be much different than your current path reflects. You will become the second most instrumental person in the spread Christianity."

God made use of Paul’s Greco-Roman education (Paul wrote captivating epistles to the churches in Hebrew as well as Greek. His broad education also helped to make him a liason to the Gentiles). God made use of Paul's passion for fighting to defend the truth…this time, he got the opportunity to “fight the good fight” as Paul would phrase it. God made use of Paul’s continued loyalty to him-something he would have learned as a Pharisees, which still means loyalty to God or love of God, despite all the negative connotations attached.

I like reading about the interactions between God and man as well. I Love the Gospels (especially John’s), teaching that God broke time and space to tabernacle among us in the person of Jesus… You know, it would have been so cool to hang out with the revolutionary that is Jesus. The thinker that is Jesus. The philanthropist that is Jesus…I could go on an on about him as well!

I think God’s interaction with the man Moses was most relatable.
Remember when he said to him something like: Hey Moses, stop praying, get up, and use the staff in your hand! LOL. When God tells you it’s time to stop praying and take some action, it’s REALLY time to stop praying and take some action. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that HE has empowered us with certain strengths and powers…ummm, what did he say? Greater than I have done will you do also if you believe…The ability to tread on the heads of scorpions, drink poisonous drink and no harm befall us, heal the sick, raise the dead… I think we limit our faith and his power consequently. We cry and pray when we should be speaking directly to the mountain, commanding it to be cast into the sea as he teaches.

I like to ask this question of all my believer friends. You’ve probably heard the talk among Christians that we will each get a question…you know, when we behold his face. If this is too personal I will understand. But if it is not, what might your question be?

And finally, no pressure on your conversion experience. I appreciate your willingness to discuss it. Stuff like that tends to feeds my faith. It shows me that our Father is as busy today as he was then in Paul’s day changing hearts, minds, attitudes and lives. Your story is like the 67th book…how did Paul phrase it- A living epistle? How AWESOME is that?

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