How to be a Hero
I am filled with excitement and expectation for what God will do at Beautiful You. It is sure to be a life-changing time. Join me in preparing your heart to receive all that God has for us!
The following is just a taste of what we will be hearing from Lisa Bevere, one of our featured speakers!
Heroes are Brave
Courage in danger is half the battle.
Heroes are always brave, but don’t imagine that always brave translates to never afraid. I have found the following simple insight from Ralph Waldo Emerson to be profoundly true: “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.”
There are times when being “brave five minutes longer” actually means being quiet when you are attacked, which allows God to have the final word. At other times “braver five minutes longer” means standing your ground and being constant. Being “braver five minutes longer” is never yielding voice or ground when the defenseless are under attack. Often battles are won, lies are exposed, and enemies are conquered because you are the last one standing on the field. Courage will keep you steadfast.
Life is filled with terrifying moments, and we cannot stop the onslaught of fear any more than we can hold back the wind. But we can always choose our response. The very winds that cause the eagle to soar later in life terrified it when it was an eaglet. Allow fear to drive you toward God.
Heroes Have Something More to Them
All heroes have – shall we say – something more to them simply because they have attached their lives to something larger.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
– Joseph Campbell
Heroes tend to champion causes rather than champion themselves. Being motivated by something outside themselves drives them to risk being more daring, compassionate, willing, responsible, and courageous. Heroes understand there is always more than meets the eye. Heroes are not afraid to stand up or stand out. This willingness to rise above the realm of normal makes them appear extraordinary.
Adapted from Lisa Bevere, “Girls with Swords: How to Carry Your Cross Like a Hero” (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, 2013).
BYC13 IS EXCITED TO HAVE LISA BEVERE WITH US THIS YEAR. LISA KNOWN FOR HER PASSIONATE, EDGY, FUNNY AND POWERFUL MESSAGES IS AN INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER AND BEST SELLING AUTHOR. IN HER TRANSPARENT STYLE, LISA SHARES GOD’S WORD WOVEN WITH PERSONAL EXPERIENCES TO EMPOWER LIVES WITH FREEDOM AND TRANSFORMATION. LISA’S HEART BREAKS FOR SOCIAL INJUSTICE AND SHE IS ALL ABOUT BEING AN ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE. WHEN SHE’S NOT OUT CHANGING THE WORLD, LISA BEGINS HER DAYS WITH MOCHAS AND ENDS THEM LAUGHING AROUND THE DINNER TABLE WITH FAMILY. SHE ENJOYS SPENDING TIME WITH THE LOVE OF HER LIFE, HUSBAND, JOHN BEVERE, HER FOUR SONS, STUNNING DAUGHTER IN LAW AND ADORABLE G-BABIES, ASHER AND SOPHIA. YOU CAN FIND LISA AT MESSENGER INTERNATIONAL, ON TWITTER@LISABEVERE AND ON INSTAGRAM @LBEVERE.