I’m beginning a Beth Moore Bible study in which she asks: Did you ever have a hero?
In high school when my peers were idolizing coaches, boyfriends, and girlfriends, my belief that humans are fallible became solidified in my mind. I saw my parents’ struggles in their roles and with each other. Girlfriends I trusted betrayed me. Boyfriends disappointed me. Teachers and coaches all discouraged me at some point or another. No heroes there.
Sad…or is it?
When I was confronted with the message of the gospel, God’s spirit told me that His Son, Jesus Christ is the Truth, the Way, and the Life. I could trust Him – and I did. But if I’d had a hero worship of another fallible human being, I might have been confused. Perhaps I wouldn’t have believed.
No one is perfect, as the old cliché goes. For this reason I write my main male characters – the “heroes” in my stories – with flaws. They aren’t perfect. Some aren’t even Christians in the beginning of my books. Captain Brian Sinclair comes to mind. He’s a commanding character in Uncertain Heart and the “hero” in Unexpected Love. But even as a believer, he makes mistakes. Big ones, such as believing the end justifies the means. He soon comes to realize deception is never an acceptable trait.
I think it’s important for my readers to connect with my characters, the heroes and the heroines, along with secondary characters, and recognize their humanness. In doing so, readers may discover the true Hero and Lover of our souls. The One who impacts all of our eternities, Jesus Christ.
So now I"m asking you -- who's your hero? Did you ever have one? Who is it and why?