I just posted a blog called Where Have All Our Heroes Gone. Now… the call for action. I am calling on you to be a hero. We need more heroes today, and yes, you can be a hero! Being a hero doesn’t mean selling all your possessions, going on a hunger strike or joining the Peace Corps. Being a hero means using your gifts to benefit someone else.
Have you ever thought about your gifts? Some of you may feel as if you don’t have gifts. We all have gifts, including you. I’m not talking about talent… but gifts. At times I wish I had more talent. I wish I could sing, be more athletic, play a musical instrument, draw, dance or take beautiful pictures. However, there are other gifts that sometimes get overlooked in our hedonistic society.
The following are gifts that I learned about at church. Leadership, Administration, Helping, Compassion, Building, Craftsmanship, Healing, Wisdom, Teaching, Organizing, Spiritual Teaching and Knowledge. Which gift do you have and how can you use it to become a hero?
Here are some things you can do to become a hero!
- Volunteer at a charity
- Organize a community farmer’s market
- Volunteer at the library or in the classroom as a tutor
- Make things for people less fortunate. Including scrapbooks, clothes, quilts.
- Volunteer at Homes for Humanity
- Give money to a charity, or to someone less fortunate
- Call someone who needs a friend
- Start a blog about a passion that you have
- Stay home from work to play with your kids
- Help your kids with their homework
- Never use harsh words
- Lift someone up by paying them a compliment
- Look for the good and not the bad in people
- Exhibit grace to someone who you think has wronged you
- Spend the entire afternoon with your family
- Call a friend you haven’t seen awhile and take them out to lunch
- Call your parents and tell them that you love them
- Call your kids and tell them that you love them
- Give someone a hug today
- Donate your time to help someone with a job search
- Sponsor a child at World Vision
- Get involved in your local community
- Start a neighborhood watch program
- Stop by the fire station and drop off some cookies
- Babysit your neighbors kids so they can have a night out
- Take your spouse out to a nice dinner
- Look inwards before you criticize someone
- Visit someone at a nursing home
- Donate your Christmas money to others who are more needy
- Invite someone over for Thanksgiving
- Sponsor an exchange student
- Make some lunch bags with neighbors and then go driving around a poor part of town and give them to the homeless
- Get some blankets and distribute them to the homeless. It is going to be winter soon.
- Go help your elderly neighbor with their computer
- If a mechanic, offer to fix your neighbor’s car
- Give free swimming or soccer lessons.. or whatever sport you might do
- Organize a block party
- Organize a night out with friends
- Have an open house…. just because
- Work on your marriage
- Work on self-improvement
- Learn a new skill that will enable you to help others. Take CPR
- Work on being a better parent
- Get involved in church
- Turn off the TV and/or video games and start engaging with your family
- Work less, engage more
- Listen, really listen to someone’s story
- Mow someones lawn
- Make dinner for a family that suffered a loss
- Believe in yourself and become a Hero!!!!
There are tons of ways to be a hero. You just have to take action.
All the best!
All the time!