The Unintended Hero


National Geographic

National Geographic

Stories – especially those stories that are dear to us geeks – tend to include the individual upon whom a great challenge is thrust.

Frodo accepting the responsibility for the one ring.

Arthur, pulling the sword from the stone.

Spiderman, realizing that with great power comes great responsibility.

But, then again, how many real heroes arise from the well-bred, privileged who are raised to assume greatness?

It was not the strong attractive sons of Jesse who were anointed king, but David, the shepherd.

There is no guarantee that the children of Ford or Rockefeller or Biltmore will do great things.

However, there is the very real chance that among normal, plain people like you and me, there is some calling or some act we’re called upon to do that will make a difference.

It may seem insignificant in and of itself, but like a pebble falling from the top of a mountain, it may start an avalanche. Such is the way of God. If you are selected to be such a pebble, throw yourself into His will with a vengeance.

One response to “The Unintended Hero

  1. Rick Martinez.for

    Great, thought-provoking, and true post, Steve…except for one thing: We–
    “common man” all–don’t, won’t or can’t believe it. We refuse to believe that our God-given gifts can result in “wonder-full” contributions. And there are so many examples.

    I am reminded of a Mexican lady here in the Los Angeles area who was the caretaker of a child for some 12 years of a wealthy husband and wife in the dotcom business. This lady played with the boy, read to him, taught him Spanish, about being good, in her very limited ways all she knew about math, and spoke to him about life and friendships. Today, Steve Eisenberg is Chief of Medicine and one of the top physicians in Diagnostic Medicine in the world. In fact, Steve not only hired an attorney to immigrate this caretaker, but bought her a home and…married one of her daughters. Steve attributes his success and emotional wellness to this lady. (I’m sorry, I can’t recall her name.)

    Among the obvious moral of this real story, here’s another point to ponder:
    The smartest persons in the world “work for other people.”

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