Your Day to Be A Hero

Your Day to Be A Hero

On this day in 1955 a seamstress named Rosa Parks boarded a bus.  The first four rows of seats were reserved for white folk.  But today there were too many white folk, so the marker had been moved back a few rows.  Rosa took a seat in a space that was now considered White Only.

The bus driver stormed down the aisle, “Do you plan to move?”

“No, I don’t.”  Rosa responded.

“If you don’t move I’ll call the police.”

“Go ahead.”

She was arrested and a young man in his late twenties named Martin Luther King Jr. called for a boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama bus system.  Rosa lost her job over the event and paid a high price for her actions.  But those actions caused a major stir that eventually led to the Supreme Court saying segregation was unconstitutional.

I think it’s safe to assume that Rosa didn’t plan on becoming a hero that day.  She was just doing her thing.  But she had some convictions.

G.K. Chesteron once said, “Tolerance is the virtue of those who live their lives without conviction.”

In a world where tolerance has become the ultimate ‘good’ I think we need to remember there are some things that should not be tolerated and be willing to stand up against them.  Deciding which things to tolerate and which to fight can be a challenge.  That’s why we need to be locked into listening to God’s voice.  He may be calling you to be a hero.