Could it be that our cultures of mistrust, cynicism, and idolatry of fame and power have caused a “crisis of heroism?” “There are, in fact, few heroes. We have no shortage of celebrities, but heroes are increasingly scarce.” The phenomenon of the modern celebrity has widened the gap between fame and greatness. In the past, heroism was connected with real achievement and profound displays of character, virtue, wisdom, athleticism, the arts, etc. Today, we do not have many heroes, we have celebrities who are “well-known for being well-known.” A big name rather than a big person….
Heroism is birthed from a transcendant call. The Caller “challenges us directly to rise to our full stature as human beings.” His call is to rise up by His grace and power and to become the people we are intended to be. This call to inner greatness and heroic character is not a self-help scheme or a do-it-yourself project. We are called by a “decisive divine word whose creative power is the deepest secret of the change.”
-thoughts from Os Guiness, The Call, chpt. 10.