ALOHA from Lou: Hero

I know haven’t posted in while, but here is quick recap: work, meteor shower, work,  work, camp, work, waterfalls, whales, work, family and more work.  

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But today I don’t want to share with you about all the fun and joy I'm having, but something I am still chewing on and processing.

Earlier this month, I was reading on the lanai at night when all the sudden I heard a loud bang. It was one those sounds where I knew exactly what happened. It was a car accident. I set my book down and began to run. 

When I was younger I would walk to the bus stop or even to school, and sometimes would this horrible thought would creep in: that l hope something bad happens. Nothing too bad - just bad enough that they would need me, they would need a hero. 

That bad thing just happened.

As I approached the accident I can see a Challenger in shambles, headlights launched out of place, hood crushed, and there was a shadowy figure laying in the street. My heart dropped. As I got closer I realized it was just the light post the car had slammed into. Thank God.

I ran over to the man still clenching the steering wheel asked if he was okay. He nodded his head yes. Meanwhile these two Jehovah Witnesses came out of their building nearby, asking what happened. The light post was still in the street with cars passing by, so the other men and I moved it while I began to call 911. I talked to the operator and while I was still on the line, a cop showed up. The guy got out of the car. The cop asked me what I saw, and then I asked if they needed anything else.

 He said no, so I left. 

I had done my civic duty.
My 20 seconds of insane courage.
My brave act.
And I had a great story. 

I got back to the house told the other interns what happened. They were excited. I got high fives and I felt their praise. I would be lying if I told you it didn’t felt good, but I would also be lying if I told you it felt right. 

When I was explaining what had happened, I realized I didn’t know the man’s name. I didn't know the name because I didn’t ask. This man who was probably stressed, scared and in shock...I left. I had an opportunity to show this man the love of Christ and I chose to leave to tell my friends what I did. 

I was no hero.

Heroes run for the people. I ran for a story.

I was recently reading the Parable of the Good Samaritan I noticed something I had never seen it says:   

Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

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Not only did this despised stranger have compassion and tend to his wounds. He stayed the night with him. He stopped his plans and chose to stay with a hurting stranger. 

Our "Christian duty" is not the same as our civic duty. 

I am learning that yes, it takes courage to get up and leave - but true courage takes more than 20 seconds. True courage is marked by the willingness to stay.

To stay when it is uncomfortable.
To stay with the hurting.
To stay longer than you expected.

I encourage you to be brave, to be bold, to get up and go - but don’t forget to learn the name, to comfort the hurting, to commit to the long haul and show the love of Christ.

Be the hero that God has called you to be.

Psalm 44:3It was not by their sword that they won the land,
nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
and the light of your face, for You loved them

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What I’m watching
Black panther—one of if not the best marvel movies!
This is us- One of the most constantly good shows I haven’t seen in awhile
Blackish- Just recently got into this show with some of the other interns.
Black mirror- A creepy yet accurate look in the mirror of our society. Really thought provoking!!

What I’m listening to
Parade by Lilly VanSickle!!! Not only is she my sister but the album is straight fire!!
Sleeping at Last- If you know anything about the enneagram or even if you don’t check out their song One, Two, Three

What I’m reading
Last arrow by Erwin McManus
Love Does by Bob Goff