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Like many children, my kids love superheroes. They love to pretend that they are batman, superman, or spiderman, and that they are beating the bad guys. Their uncle got them these great shirts for Christmas with attached capes. One superman and one batman. They love to put on those capes and be heroes.
It’s innocent fun for our kids to learn about storybook heroes. But, it’s even more important for them to learn about the real life heroes. Heroes who fight against human-trafficking (modern day slavery). Heroes who fight for our country. Heroes who protect and serve their communities. Heroes who risk their lives to save those of strangers. Heroes who use their fame and fortune for good. And even the unsung heroes who spend their lives serving others quietly in one way or another.
And heroes like Dr. Benjamin Carson who followed his dream, and in doing so has saved countless lives with his “gifted hands.” Dr. Carson is a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who has operated on and saved the lives of many children who had been given up on by other doctors. Dr. Carson has a remarkable story. You can learn more about his story in his book, Gifted Hands. There is also a kid-friendly version of the book put out by Zonderkids for ages 9-12.
They can overcome
Dr. Benjamin Carson has a remarkable story. He grew up in a single-parent household, in dire poverty and his mother had a third-grade education. Yet with his mother’s encouragement, he focused on his dream and persevered and is a modern-day hero because of it.
Our kids need to know that nothing is out of reach. No mountain is too high for them to climb with God–and with perseverance and hard work. They can overcome obstacles and reach their goals!
We need to give our kids examples of people who have done this–both past and present. It seems easy to teach our kids about historical figures, but they need to see modern-day, current heroes and overcomers as well.
Dr. Benjamin Carson is just such a hero and he will be speaking at the Great Homeschools Conventions in Greenville, SC. and Cincinnati, OH. You and your children can hear the words of a real life hero. This man has saved many lives by operating on countless children who’d been given up on by other doctors.
The traits of a real hero
Our kids need to learn about the traits of a real hero–hard work, determination, loyalty, courage, and servanthood. They need to know that these things will take them even further than raw talent and good circumstances. We need to, first and foremost, model these traits for our children. We need to live out the things we want them to learn. In addition, we need to give them opportunities to be around others who live out these positive characteristics through church, boy scouts, school activities, etc.
We live in an age that has largely turned it’s back on things like honor and moral values. We need to teach our children to respect these qualities and these people.
For more great resources about heroes and Dr. Benjamin Carson, visit iHN here. Unfortunately we probably will not be able to attend GHC this year, and I am regretting that fact! After reading about his story, I really wish we could go just to hear him.
Who are your modern day heroes?