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The Silent Hero

April 1, 2013 by  
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The Silent Hero

We all hear the term “hero” thrown around so much these days. I suppose we all have our own definition of what one truly is. As a little boy, I remember thinking it was the superhero who rushed onto the scene and saved those in danger. As a baseball fan, I thought it was the guy who could get the big hit in pressure situations to win a big game. As a military veteran, I have learned that heroes are simply those who set aside their own agenda and interests in order to benefit someone else. Recently, however, my personal definition of a hero was expanded even more.

I was in a grocery store and in the distance I saw a mother doing her shopping with her severely handicapped daughter. This young girl appeared to be about 11 or 12 years old. I watched as the mother patiently and lovingly interacted with her daughter while doing her shopping. I thought, “wow, now there is a real life-long hero!” This mother will never hear fans shouting about her love and care for her daughter. She will never be celebrated publicly for conforming her life to the needs of someone else. There will be no parades in her honor and she will never be given a key to the city. She will probably spend the rest of her life caring for her beautiful daughter, without receiving accolades of any kind from society. She will simply reap her harvest from God for giving love to someone who needed it so badly. Love in its purest form is displayed when it is given regardless of what it requires from the giver and when the return on this giving is placed in the hands of God alone! This mother, in my opinion, represents some of the greatest heroes this world has ever known. Like our Lord Jesus Christ, she gives love because of someone else’s need to receive it, not because of a personal need to be celebrated. Therefore, she, like Jesus, should be greatly celebrated! She makes all the difference in the world to someone!

All of you silent heroes out there, remember, God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which you have shewed toward his name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Hebrews 6:10. Who knows, maybe they do have parades in your honor, where the streets are made of gold!



Pastor TonyToby Bryant has been pastoring Hickory Grove Church in Richton, MS since 2007. He is also the founder of Toby Bryant Ministries which is an evangelistic/teaching outreach designed to be “A Shining Light To The Nations” by promoting the gospel nationally and internationally through all available avenues. He resides in Petal, MS with his wife Mary, son Corey, and daughter Kati.

Pastor Bryant can be reached at or on Facebook at Toby Bryant Ministries.

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