Who Can Be Your Hero Baby?

Who Can Be Your Hero Baby?


I’ll never forget the day my dad pointed him out to me at our little English-speaking church in Guatemala.

“That’s Ray Elliott. He translated the Bible for the Ixil people.”

That probably means very little to you, but to me it was huge. The Ixil (ee-SHEEL) are a group of Mayan people in Northwestern Guatemala. They speak their own unique language. Before Ray arrived they didn’t really have a written language – it was only spoken. Ray and his wife Helen moved into the region in the early 1950’s and learned the language. Not only that, they created an alphabet, helping to make sure the Ixil language would not die off. Then they translated the Bible into Ixil. They did all this during a violent civil war centered in that region.

I only talked to Ray a time or two, but his life inspired me. That guy was a hero in my mind. I think about him, and others like him, regularly – people who commit their lives to something that really matters.

I’ve been doing lots of thinking about what it’s gonna be like to raise this baby coming in August. I’m determined to make sure that little guy or girl is regularly surrounded by heroes – people who inspire doing great things for God’s kingdom.

For some reason our world has started to look up to people who get famous for ridiculous things – like dating 15 women all at once, or tweeting caustic things, or flashing skin all over TV. Those aren’t heroes. They are just famous. I want to make sure that my little kiddo understands the difference. Mostly because you become like those you admire.

Admire the right people and you’ll end up in a great place. I think we all need to remind ourselves of that from time to time in this mad world where we are told to admire people for all the wrong things. We lose a lot of valuable time giving attention to people that don’t deserve it, just because they are famous (and often ridiculous).

If you want to go far in life, make sure you have regular interactions with people who inspire you to greatness. Surround yourself with the right role models. Read and watch stories of people who made a difference in this world. Try to get around those people. Then get out there and do your best to inspire someone else with your life.

I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1