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Devotional - Being A Hero Maker

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Devotional - Being A Hero Maker

“He brought out the hero in all of us.”
Drew Pearson, former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver

Nicknamed "Captain America" because he quarterbacked “America’s Team,” "Roger the Dodger" for his scrambling abilities, and "Captain Comeback" for his fourth quarter heroics leading the Cowboys to 23 game-winning drives, Roger Staubach played all his 11 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys. He guided them to five Super Bowls, leading them to victories in Super Bowls VI and XII.  Staubach retired from football in March 1980 as the second-highest-rated passer of all time. Commenting on the type of players he preferred to team with he said:
“I like to be surrounded by tea bags, because they perform the best when the water’s the hottest.”
Staubach was the first player to win both the Heisman and the Super Bowl MVP. Upon winning the Super Bowl award he passed on a Dodge Charger, asking for a station wagon because he had a family.
In a 2010 poll conducted by the Dallas Morning News, Staubach was chosen the favorite Cowboy of all time by the fans, leaving no doubt that he’s Dallas’s football hero.
Even though he was undoubtedly a football great, his focus was not on himself. Roger Staubach played his life with a simple focus.
“Start each day asking yourself what impact you are going to have on someone in a positive way. If you use this approach, you are going to enjoy your life while helping others enjoy theirs.

What a good feeling you get when you get to help someone else.”
This approach resulted in making heroes out of others on his field of life. The Playbook encourages us to do the same. There are many ways to make heroes. Barnabas is an example of a hero maker. Saul was a fearsome player for the opposition until he dramatically met Jesus, got a name change and became the Apostle Paul. He had been so scary that those on Team Jesus struggled with trusting him until Barnabas stood up for him.
When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer!  Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus. Acts 9:26-28 (NLT)
Like Barnabas, you and I can also make heroes out of those on our fields. Here’s a part of the Playbook’s game plan.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)
… as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10 (NIV)
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
Who made a hero out of you? Who can you stand up for today? Who can you make a hero?
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