Looking for Heroes and Role Models?


I’ve long been a believer in heroes. People you can look up to as role models in traveling the twisting often treacherous river of life.

Some will pick sports greats or music legends, while others may pick military or political leaders.  My heroes have tended to come from the political and business world, and also from the Biblical world.

People like Ronald Reagan, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Visionary business leaders like Bill Gates, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Henry Ford. People like Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul and Caleb from the Bible.  People like Tom Reese, a fellow employee during my career at Cubic Corp. A man like my friend Pastor Jerry Beal, the founder of an amazing African farm mission in Zambia. People like Ravi Zacharias and D. James Kennedy from the Christian leadership world. Media communicators like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

And then there is Dr. Ben Carson, a kid from the inner city slums of Detroit and Boston who rose to the heights of his chosen medical profession to become the head of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University. You can read about the good Dr. in his book America the Beautiful, a book I wish each and every American High School kid would read. 

Heroes are usually heroes and role models because of the positive influence they bring to our attention; Positive attributes of vision, honesty and integrity; Lives of persistence in seeking goals; Lives of selflessness in seeking the best for others, and not just themselves; Lives of seeking a betterment of the human condition; Lifetimes of learning and personal improvement.

I don’t believe you can have too many heroes, and I welcome learning about someone else to add to my ever growing list. And now I can add seven great men to my list from a great new book from a new friend and hero Eric Metaxas;  “7 Men” is the book and it has inspiring stories of: George Washington, Eric Liddell, Wiliam Wilberforce, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Pall II and Charles Colson. I highly recommend this book and the stories it contains.

Here is something to whet your appetite:

Written in a beautiful and engaging style, Seven Men addresses what it means (or should mean) to be a man today, at a time when media and popular culture present images of masculinity that are not the picture presented in Scripture and historic civil life. What does it take to be a true exemplar as a father, brother, husband, leader, coach, counselor, change agent, and wise man? What does it mean to stand for honesty, courage, and charity, especially at times when the culture and the world run counter to those values?

Each of the seven biographies represents the life of a man who experienced the struggles and challenges to be strong in the face of forces and circumstances that would have destroyed the resolve of lesser men. Each of the seven men profiled—George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson—call the reader to a more elevated walk and lifestyle, one that embodies the gospel in the world around us.

So rush out and buy this book! You will be challenged and inspired!

Don Johnson – June 2013

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