You know the story…the villain, the girl and the hero. And the girl is always saved by her hero. Its a story line we see many times in movies and books today. However, the hero, doesn’t have to always be one person and he doesn’t have to always save the girl. I have learned, in the past few months, just what true heroes look like.
My son, who is a sophomore, marched in his high school band again this year. The show they prepared was entitled “HERO”. The music was from the popular movies/t.v. shows The Avengers, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America. Practice began in the hot, relentless Georgia sun this past summer and continued into the cool, brisk fall days of this past week. Many hours of marching, playing, singing and acting…over and over again, went into making this show none less than perfection.
This past weekend, the Legion of Generals Marching Band of Heritage High School won Grand Champions for the 3rd time. They won this title at every competition they entered this year. In my book, true heroes! I looked up the definition of hero to confirm my understanding of the word. The definition I read from Webster’s was:
a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal
Exactly my opinion of every member of the Legion of Generals Marching Band! You see, these kids modeled what true discipline, commitment and team work are. When you see the show, every member looks the same. (It took me several weeks to find my son and follow him throughout the whole show.) It took the hard work of every member to stay in beat, march in step, hit every position, pop every instrument at the right time and move each flag in unison. It was the example of selflessness and unity. There were no individual heroes. Discipline, commitment and team work make that happen.
In my opinion, these students modeled what a hero is. One who is brave and admired for the hundreds of hours put into practice. One who was very disciplined, not only in band, but scholastic achievements as well. One who is highly ranked or distinguished just by their commitment level to excellence. One who models the qualities of discipline. Their hard work, commitment and discipline paid off, a truth that these students have learned at a young age.
So, my heroes this year….all the members of the Legion of Generals Marching Band. (and of course my son!)
I have learned from these kids this year. God has allowed me to see through human eyes things that can be applied to my Christian life.
1- Continued Discipline - Just as the band students did the same sets and principles over and over again, I too, need to be disciplined to read, study, pray and serve the Lord as the Lord disciplines me through each.
We are disciplined for our own good, as we grow in the sanctification process. Our flesh feels the discipline. But, our spirit will flow with peace and holiness as we are trained by it.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11.
2 - Unwavering Commitment - The band students are committed to the plan and vision of their band director.
The great concerns of our souls must be committed to the grace of God, with a dependence upon Him. Accepting that we will be committed to Him and his perfect plan and timing.
Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3
3 - Selfless Team Work - The band members work as a team with no one student standing out or getting all the glory.
We should never seek personal greatness through the use of God’s work. We should humble ourselves and remove selfish pride and ambition from our lives. All should be done in our lives, as we work in unison, to give Glory to God.
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8
As I run this race set before me, I can apply the principles I have learned from His Word and by observing students. And if I am faithful in these three things, God receives the glory…..the TRUE HERO!