Anyone Can Be an Unsung Hero, Including You

Anyone Can Be an Unsung Hero, Including You

You may not know them, but these four people left their comfort zones so that they could change lives.
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In this day and age when bad news saturates the news media and internet, we forget that there are many great heroes who have lived before us and are among us.

The following four people I will be talking about may have been people you have never heard of. Nonetheless, the sacrifices they made are incredibly significant and worthy of our examination and thoughtful reflection.

St. Telemachus - The Monk Who Stood Up When No One Else Did

More than 1,600 years ago, St. Telemachus was an elderly monk who lived in a remote monastery far off in the East. Though he lived comfortably within the confines of that monastery, he one day felt called to leave the monastery to Rome. Upon his arrival, he saw crowds of people rushing to gather in the Colosseum. Not knowing what the excitement was all about, he followed the crowd into the Colosseum, where he witnessed two gladiators fighting to the death. He could not believe that thousands of people could find enjoyment in such cruel bloodshed, so he rushed down to the arena and stood between the gladiators, commanding them to stop in the name of Christ.

The gladiators were bewildered and stopped, but the crowd stood up in anger and stoned St. Telemachus for interrupting their entertainment. When the crowd realized that the old monk was dead, they were convicted of guilt for killing an innocent man, and one by one, they left the Colosseum silently. After Emperor Honorius heard of Telemachus’ heroic act, he ended gladiatorial games once and for all, and Telemachus was named a saint for standing up and helping to put an end to a cruel form of entertainment that had existed in Rome for hundreds of years.

Jim Elliot - The Man Who Loved the Unlovable

Jim Elliot, born in 1927, was from Oregon and grew up under pretty ordinary circumstances -- he went to high school, a four-year university, and was very involved on campus as well as known for being a great public speaker. After college, he and his five best friends were inspired to reach out to the Huaorani people of Ecuador. These people lived deep in the jungles and had zero contact with the outside world. They were known as the cruelest and most violent of the tribes in that area. Elliot wanted to reach out to this particular tribe because he had heard that most of them were not living to be older than 30 since they all eventually killed each other.

Elliot and his family left the comfort of their American home, and together with their friends, they studied the Huaorani language and spent months locating their tribe and giving them gifts, hoping to gain their trust. At first, the tribe responded well to Elliot and his friends, but in a sudden turn of events, they took spears and killed Elliot and all five of his friends. Though Elliot and his friends were armed with guns, they did not shoot any of the tribe members. The wives and children of Elliot and his friends remained with the tribe, and the Huaorani people were so awe-struck by their forgiveness, and the fact that Elliot and his friends did not shoot and kill them, that they all became Christians. They also all gave up the tradition of “spearing” their family members, and now, they travel around America to share the incredible story of how undeserved love changed their lives.

Heidi Baker - The Southern Californian Girl Who Now Feeds Thousands

Heidi Baker grew up in an affluent Laguna Beach home in Southern California, but when she was 17, she dedicated her life to Christ. Since then, she and her husband have traveled all throughout Southeast Asia and England to feed the hungry, love the homeless, and help those addicted to drugs and other forms of abuse.

She now is living in Mozambique, Africa, and has become known as “Mama Heidi” because of the thousands of children living there whom she had fed, cared for, and housed, since most of them had lost their parents to AIDS or the war. Heidi gave up everything she had ever known and had for these children. She even recounts a time when someone offered her orange juice and she cried because she realized she had not had a cup of orange juice to drink in three years. She could never afford it because she always gave up what she had for the people of Mozambique.

Miss Oseola McCarty - The Woman Who Gave Up Everything She Had

Miss Oseola McCarty was was African American who quit school in the sixth grade and was a washerwoman her entire life. Though she made minimal pay, she was determined to spend almost nothing on herself, and by the end of her life in 1999, she had saved $150,000, and she donated all of it to the University of Southern Mississippi.


She did not want a building named after her or a statue in her honor -- all she wanted was to be able to attend the graduation of a student there who was able to graduate from the University because of her donation. Because of her humble sacrifice, she has helped countless lives obtain the undergraduate education that she never had.


Who are the unsung heroes in your life, who went out of their comfort zones to pour into your life?

You weren’t meant to be a close-lidded bottle, containing all the love that’s been poured into you. You were meant to pour into others. Receiving is great, but it cannot compare to satisfaction of giving to someone else!

Many times, pouring into others means going out of your comfort zone. It’s not about loving the lovable, befriending the likable, standing up when everyone is with you, or giving when you have extra.

Being an unsung hero is about loving the unlovable, befriending the friendless, standing up when no one is for you, and giving when you have to sacrifice.

But when you do, you change lives -- including your own.

It takes going out of your comfort zone to do all of that. But going out of your comfort zone helps you to realize life is more fully lived when you forget your own discomfort, insecurities, and weaknesses, in order to go out and reach out.

Anyone can be an unsung hero, including you.

I can assure you, that when you leave that content and comfortable place in your life to love and give -- it won’t be easy at first -- but you’ll have some of the best moments of your life and you’ll meet some of the best people you’ll ever meet. Your life will have an impact on those you touch, and those people will be spurred on to give to others, and you may not have realized it, but you’ve just started a revolution that’s like a fire you can’t put out.

Sometimes going out of your comfort zone can be something as simple as starting a conversation with someone sitting next to you -- someone who is completely different from you. They may really need a friend like you. But who knows, maybe you really need a friend like them.

Discomfort is not easy in the beginning, but in the end, you stretch and grow as a person. By giving your life and your love, you become richer. It’s funny how that works, but it’s true.

"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

-Jim Elliot


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They're on their best behavior when you're dating.
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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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