I want to be a hero.

Doesn’t everyone? Granted, some claim to want to be a “villain” or “anti-hero” — usually so they can get what they “want” — but most people (in their right mind) seem to want to be a hero.

Why is that? What is it about being a hero that is so endemic to our nature?

I suggest it has to do with whom God intended us to be. We are supposed to be leaders, thinkers, believers in the dominance and power of love. Love is not solely about nice things we do or sweet feelings.

Love is about defending the fatherless and the widow. It’s about taking care of the sick and the homeless. Love is about defending the honor of the maiden from the hands of those that would seek to do her evil.

We want to be heroes because deep down inside we know that true love is about heroic action in life.

Jesus shone forth that Truth to the utmost — He gave His life so that we might live. “What greater love is there than a man lay down his life for his friends?”

Go on, be a hero. Work at loving your neighbor.

I want to. I need to. I yearn to love as God loves and to be a hero like my Jesus.

Do you?