I heard on the news this morning that Michael Jackson was an "American Hero." He was certainly a famous pop-star with a longstanding music career. He was an icon for sure. He was also a person who deserves to have some dignity in his death and not the circus of media hype and ebay-sales of tickets to his memorial service. But I disagree with the word "Hero."
Do you want to hear about some Heroes?
Well, I know a man who is serving with the US Armed Forces in Afghanistan. He is away from his family, in a dangerous war zone to work to preserve Freedom. His wife is home caring for 3 children, parenting and loving and providing for their needs, in her own way working to preserve Freedom.
I know a couple who provided total care at home for an invalid daughter with severe mental and physical disabilities, for 50 years, with no home-healthcare assistance, and despite the fact that the physicians recommended that the girl be institutionalized. They centered their lives around their child and gave her the best life they could, even when she couldn't interact with them.
I know a person who has had his feet amputated due to medical reasons, who is friendly and caring, and has goals he will accomplish, and continues to have faith in God despite the personal losses that came with losing his feet.
Today, I invite you to think of your own heroes. Celebrate them for a moment. And then, hum "Beat It" and practice your moonwalk if you must.