SPIRIT-FILLED LEADERSHIP

Trey Campbell is a leading authority on utilizing biblically-based principles to help leaders and salespeople expand their influence.

Heroes Run Amongst Heroes

Being a hero does not necessarily mean saving babies from burning buildings or rescuing kittens from trees. While those are heroic efforts, the more prevalent form of a hero is the person who does something extraordinary. To take it a step further, it can also be someone who makes someone else feel extraordinary.

One quality of heroes: they run amongst each other. If you find one hero, chances are you will find others nearby. Just like the well-known Bible verse, Proverbs 27:17 says:

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Real-life heroes are like iron: they sharpen each other. They build each other. They encourage each other. They overcome adversity together. And they run in packs. Why is this? It’s because when people inspire and motivate each other to greatness, they tend to congregate to continue the sharpening process. If the relationship is positively reciprocal, why would they not flock together?

Two questions for you: Have you ever thought much about who you hang out with the most? Do these people build you up or tear you down?

In becoming the best version of yourself, the people you surround yourself with are often major contributors to who you will one day be, heroic or unheroic, sharp or dull.

  • Do your circle of friends and family build you up?
  • Do they support your decisions?
  • Do they respect you?
  • Are they a positive influence on your life?
  • Will they tell you the hard truths you need to hear sometimes?
  • Do they attract other good people?
  • Do they listen to you?
  • Do they make you happy?
  • Is the relationship balanced and mutual?

If you have answered “No” to one or more of these questions, you may need to question if you are running with heroes or limping along through life with losers.

Allow me to share the catalyst of this particular topic. The following is a dialogue between myself and a friend on Facebook Messenger.

Me: How are you healing? Is there anything you need or I can do for you?

Friend: You are the best. Your prayers and positive attitude are so appreciated. Prayers for my continued care and wisdom for my doctors is helpful as well. Thanks, you are a blessing.

Me: I can easily do that! Stay focused on healing and enjoy your family.

Friend: Thanks.

Me: You light up a room, so you can light up people’s lives with all kinds of impact. We should talk about this sometime. I use my career as my mission field… well, actually, God does.

Friend: Amen to that. You are one of my heroes.

Me: Heroes run amongst each other.

Heroes begat heroes. The friend is a person who is a hero in her own right. Sometimes heroes need encouragement too. Real heroes are there for each other in times of trouble and need. Reassurance and emotional support are forms of being there for someone in their time of need. A hero does not wear a cape. They do for others what others can’t do for themselves. Sometimes that is encouragement. Sometimes it is a helping hand. Sometimes it is an installment of renewed faith. Sometimes it is giving unconditionally. Sometimes it simply being present.

Heroes come in all forms, shapes, sizes, ages, races, and genders. There are no cookie-cutter heroes out there. You don’t have to be a “Man of Steel;” you just need to be that person made of iron so as to sharpen others made of iron. Build your circle of friends to fulfill their epic heroic potential and they, in turn, will build you!

Enjoy these quotes and have a great week!

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

– Joseph Campbell

 

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

 

“I think a hero is a person really intent on making this a better place for all people.”

– Maya Angelou

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