Today is Uganda National Heroes Day, a day to honor all those who sacrificed themselves to better the lives of the Ugandan people. But there is great debate about who is honored and what constitutes a hero. Many of the heroes officially recognized by the government are fallen soldiers who died during the civil war here in the 1980s. Because the people of Uganda still grieve and carry the painful memories of crimes committed by both sides against the people, there is no widespread agreement as who should be honored.
This might be why I was told it is a day to honor whoever you call your hero. This person said Nelson Mandella was a hero, to which I agree. I think a hero is someone who will sacrifice their life for another, and that is why we have Memorial Day in the States. Jesus is my hero because He sacrificed His life for mine even though I didn’t deserve His love. No one does. I also think those that have been martyred for their faith are heroes, they sacrificed their lives telling of the love Jesus has for everyone if they will only accept Him.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13
Just under Jesus is my hero on this earth for He shows me the love of Jesus always, no matter how difficult I may be. He has been my greatest example of Jesus love. He personifies 1 Corinthians 13:4 –
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy;
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
For the past seventeen years he has taught me so much about the characteristics of Jesus just by the way he lives his life. And has helped my faith to grow everyday. He is one gift I will be eternally grateful for.
Who is your hero?