Inspired by Betty Londergan's What Gives 365 and the Bible (not necessarily in that order!), I'm giving away $250 a week in 2011.

This is where I'm recording that journey, and I hope you'll come along for the ride.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Holding Out for a Hero

Who's your hero? Do you have one?

I remember doing a project in Grade 8 English. We had to pick a hero. I couldn't think of one. I think more than half the class did Terry Fox. Most of the rest did a grandparent. I remember thinking that Terry and grandmas were definitely heroic, but that it was sad we couldn't think of more.

I still think so. According to the Rules of the Game, the third Friday of the month will be an opportunity to give to an inspiring individual. I'm feeling less-than-inspired today at how hard it is to think of someone. I'm hoping that you travel in more heroic circles than I do. Who inspires you?


  1. Carol Weicker but you'll have to come to the GCC weekend retreat or at least the day one.
    Deborah Klassen who was last year's speaker. When one knows her entire life story being a Juno award winner isn't all there is to her life and yet, she is one of the most godly women I've ever had the pleasure to spend time with.
    I don't hold with the hero having to be famous or even popular. We have so many unsung heroes walking among us, who deserve to be recognized.

  2. Stephen Lewis, Nelson Mandela, the people of Yonge Street Mission.... I think part of the issue is that real heroes are quiet about what they do. Quiet, determined and not publicity-oriented.

  3. Millard and Linda Fuller, Founders of Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Centre for Housing, Dave Toycen President of World Vision Canada, Terry Fox, Rick Hansen, Every vetern that risked their lives for our Country and freedoms, and Police Officer or Fire Person that risk their lives everyday when they go to work. Cricket Yule, from The Speical Friends Club (Hillsburgh)

  4. I had the pleasure of spending Monday afternoon with Dave at WVC -- he offered to send me home with chocolates for my kids and it ended up being a small case of Lindor truffles!

  5. What about the Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteers who spend time with their 'little' brother or sister on a regular basis? Do you know a Big Brother or Big Sister...?

  6. My good friend Sue Bitton inspires me. Working full-time and keeping an organized and welcoming home is nothing for her. The list of people she cares for is nearly endless. Whether it's hospitality, meals, drives to medical appointments, prayer, respite care - she's there (and believe me, the health challenges alone in her circle of family and friends is staggering). On top of all that, she seems to be continually offering hospitality to visiting relatives and friends. Add to all that that she worked tirelessly alongside her husband ministering to kids when he acted as youth pastor for our church. The service that she gives and lives makes me exhausted just hearing about it. I am proud to know her.

  7. Hi! I've just discovered your blog this evening and have been reading through. I can't read this one on heroes without thinking of my 21-yr-old daughter who is delivering babies in the two-thirds world after being turned down for the midwifery program at an Ontario University 2 years in a row. After a few months of training in Australia she began assisting with births in Tanzania and came face-to-face with the injustices women face, and the inequalities of our world economies. Her anger over senseless deaths has fuelled her desire to get more training and return to Africa to assist women. She's currently "catching babies" in India!