By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist
Every day we hear bad news about bad people who do bad things. Amidst all of this we seem to forget the real heroes, those good people who do good things.
You will find them in everyday situations. They stand for honesty and integrity. Faith and courage enable them to do the right thing. Life isn’t always fair but today’s heroes have strength of character and they do the right thing anyway.
You will find these people helping others. You will see them at the voting polls. You will see them volunteering for community service. The fireman, policeman and many others put his or her life at risk. You will find unselfish people in the armed services in defense of a country they believe in. These people are the real patriots.
The American dream has been fulfilled by so many who were willing to work hard, the “good book” being their compass. They are guided by a conscience that sets aside personal desires in order to pursue the good of the nation as a whole.
Yes, dear friends, you are my heroes. You work, plan and dream. You strive to do right for God and country. You are decent, hard-working individuals who love America and what it stands for. You are unpretentious Americans who salute the flag, pay your taxes, go to church, and help your neighbor.
You are the backbone of this nation that keeps this country together. Please don’t ever give up because your right living is not in vain.
Hebrews 12:12-13 encourages us to not give up, “So take a new grip with your tired hands, stand firm on your shaky legs, and mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves, but become strong.” (TLB)
So here’s to you my heroes. You carry the torch of freedom. You are the red-blooded Americans who still believe in the same godly principles displayed by your forefathers. Those dedicated Americans who founded this country would be proud. You are the real heroes who continue to sacrifice by reaching out to others.
I salute you today. Your diligence is not in vain. You will turn this country around.
You dear friends, are the real heroes.