Iron Man (video game)

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My son’s favorite superhero is Iron Man. As a matter of fact, it’s only two weeks until his 5th birthday, and the theme for the whole party will be… You guessed it, Iron Man! Seeing him kick the butt of evil is inspiring to me, and even when he’s overcome by evil, he always finds a way to pull through and make things right. We need such heroes today!

But how the mighty have fallen. Anthony Weiner is just the latest in a string of politicians who have felt they can live above the code of conduct that regular people try to live by (And fail as well.) And don’t even get me started with celebrities and the current state of music. I tried to find some good summer hits for a concert we’re doing at church in July, and the songs were so tasteless that we can’t do any of them! While all this is going on, it also seems that heroes of the past are getting stripped of their status.  It doesn’t matter who it is, there seems to be a desire to dig out something from the person’s past to pull them into the mud and make it stick.

All of this is happening at a time when kids are acting up at an alarming rate. They are lost and crave to see people rise up and show them how to live well. Even adults need other adults to look up to and be inspired by, but at this rate, who will be left to fill that role?

Just in time for Father’s Day, I want to encourage all of you (You too, ladies!) to step it up and live a life of a hero. Embrace who God made you to be and listen to what He is calling you to do. It doesn’t matter how many or few you think you are influencing, because you influence more people than you think. Just because you don’t hear every story of your impact, it doesn’t mean you don’t have one! In the modern world we live in, even the smallest acts of kindness, love, courtesy and caring stand out as towering examples of the love of God. This is worship at its finest. Here are some of my heroes, maybe you want to comment and share yours?

-My pastor, Scott Wood. Relentless pursuit of Jesus and an unwavering commitment to love others and meet every need he sees.

-My mom, who held our family together through some tough times growing up.

-My wife, who single-handedly keeps two small kids in check and helps them to learn to be kind, compassionate and loving. (As the younger one screams in the background as I’m typing this!)

-My friend and brother Scott, who stands with me through thick and thin, inspiring me and helping me navigate this adventure of life, worship and music.

-Many others who have committed to Jesus and serve alongside us at church, choosing to give of their time, hearts, resources and talents to a higher cause… Hey, that’s exactly what heroes do! A BIG THANK YOU!

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