Hero Thinking in the Midst of Hardship


Several years ago, I began to realize there are three roles in the world: the victim, the villain, and the hero. To my embarrassment, I frequently acted more like a victim than a hero. There were even times when I played the villain.

The victim says, “I am helpless! Things are happening to me.” The villain says, “I am going to get back what I have lost, and I will have my revenge.” The villain is basically just a powerful victim. In the long run, these two roles aren’t very different.

I began to grow out of these negative mindsets when I came to Bethel Church and found myself surrounded by great men and women who thought differently than I did. As I learned what it means to be a hero, my lifestyle changed.

What is the key difference between thinking like a hero and thinking like a victim? When you are thinking like a hero, you happen to life instead of life happening to you. It is better to be proactive than reactive.

Obviously, thinking like a hero doesn’t change the fact that sometimes we can find ourselves in truly terrible circumstances. Life can be messy. But when the pain of life washes up on us, or on the people around us, even then we can maintain a philosophy that says, “I am going to happen to my life. I’m not going to allow my life to happen to me.”

Beauty for Ashes

Today my city mourns. At the time of this writing, the Carr Fire has burned nearly 116,000 acres and destroyed more than 1000 residences. Six people have died, and I have many friends who have lost their homes or had to evacuate their homes because of this massive fire. This is a terrible, trying time for my community.

The world is in need of heroes. Obviously, my thoughts are focused on Shasta County and assisting my home community right now, but there are endless places that need our help. Now is a great opportunity for us to step in as heroes and begin to look for ways we can give our time, our strength and wisdom, and our financial help.

I encourage you to give generously and wisely. Find agencies and organizations that you believe in and trust, and sow into them. Step up and be proactive. Happen to life, and take the opportunity every day to live as a hero.

Relief for Victims of the Carr Fire

As we face this trial, we have decided to do our part in making an impact. We have set up a fund for people to donate to assist the people who have been devastated by this fire.  Click here to learn more.

Your donations will make a huge difference in the lives of those who have lost their homes, and 100 percent of everything you give will go to those affected by the Carr Fire.

To donate to victims of the Carr Fire, click here.




Lauren Stinton