Thursday, April 24, 2014

U is for Unlikely Heros

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This month I'm participating in the A to Z blogging challenge and posting every day in April (except Sundays) with the corresponding letter of the day. The theme I chose for this year is 26 Days of Gratitude. I'll be posting about people, places, things, and events in my life I'm grateful for. Today is the letter...

I love the story of the underdog, or the unlikely hero that rises from the ashes. There are so many of these in our history and culture, and seen on television shows and in movies, but there were a few that came to mind that I wanted to highlight.

Think of David and Goliath. A small boy sent to kill the Philistine giant Goliath--we all know how things should have played out. But God intervened and gave David the strength of a thousand men. With a simple slingshot and stone, David killed Goliath and became the unlikely hero of the Israelites.

My all-time favorite story of the underdog comes in the form of the plump panda with an appetite for cookies--that same appetite which turns him into an incredible ninja warrior. I LOVE Poe in Kung Fu Panda. He is the epitome of the unlikely hero. Every one of the Furious Five expect him to fail (including Master Shifu), and they are astounded when the black and white furball is made of more than just layers of gooey goodness. He is fearless. He is AWESOME!

I even have my own unlikely hero that came in the form of a small boy on a hot, summer day. A boy who adamantly insisted that the workers fixing the road outside our house needed water and refused to listen when his mother tried to persuade him that they were fine. When we finally did bring water to the tired and hot men, we were thanked and even offered money because they had run out of water hours before and had been praying for a miracle. You never know when you might be the next unlikely hero!

Who is your favorite unlikely hero?


  1. I love a good underdog story. I think that's why I love sports movies. I hate sports, but a good come-from-behind team... Yeah, I'm all over it.

  2. I like a good underdog story, whether it's in the come from behind team sports genre or in the geek gets the girl genre. :)

  3. That was an awesome thing for your son to do.

  4. Isn't amazing how God uses us to do His miracles?

  5. I love it! Kids are amazing. One unlikely hero I really like is Megamind, and I'd list a couple real heroes, but um, there's a whole bunch of them up on my blog this month. That will suffice, right?

    What a sweet post. =)

    True Heroes from A to Z


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