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You don’t have to take a bullet,
just take a stand.
                          
I believe, as do many others, that human beings are born with certain special characteristics.  These characteristics are a sense of Justice, a need for Relationship, an appreciation of Beauty, and finally a sense of and need for the Spiritual.  I call these characteristics (Whispers from God).  I believe that they are what separates us from the animal kingdom.  And I believe that they are a faded illustration of the image God in which we were created.
                    
Whispers from God come from our conscience; our innate sense of right and wrong.  It is that little voice inside us, that causes guilt to sicken our hearts when we know we've done something wrong, and is pleasingly excited when we see personal and courageous sacrifice made for the sake of righteousness.
                    
Thankfully, we have inspired heroes living amongst us who during times of dire need step up and perform selfless acts of courage that protect us from evil.

They are the soldier who charges into a hail of bullets for the cause of freedom.

They are the policemen, and policewomen, who walk into dark alleys or domestic powder-kegs to keep chaos at bay.

They are the doctors and nurses that stare death and terror in the face, while accepting the heavy burden of great responsibility.

They are the firemen who run into blazing buildings, risking their own death - perhaps even a slow and torturous death - in order to save others.

Unfortunately there's another type of hero that we need more often but are blessed with far too infrequently.  They are the heroes needed in everyday situations, and the countless moments that culminate in the greater body of our lives.

They are the neighbor who chooses not to participate in gossip even though the urging and temptation is great.
          
They are the student who comes to the defense of the unpopular despite the social ramifications.
                
They are the citizen who decides to leave the safety of the fence-sitting, in order to take up the cause of the underdog, because they know justice calls for it.
                                  
They are the construction worker who could let a misunderstanding direct blame toward another who is innocent, but instead, raises their hand to take responsibility.
                
They are the manager who could allow a reward to go to themselves, but instead passes the recognition on to others out of a sense of fairness.
                        
They are the factory worker who resists the peer-pressure to participate in the practice of deliberately working slowly, taking too many breaks, and stealing an, “occasional item or two”.
                     
So the question is, what will you do with your life?  Will you make it your practice to turn toward God for the courage to advocate for justice, or will you slither through life, dodging accountability and looking out for #1? 
                 
One might do well to reflect on these words from Jesus…
                 
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.” (Jesus, Luke 9:24)
            
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Jesus, Matthew 5:6)
               
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”  (Jesus, Matthew 5:10)

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