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Heroes Arise From The Scars Of Their Past

Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

One day while clowning around with my skateboard I rolled it across the floor.  I ran up to my deck and launched myself chest-first onto my deck like I was running in the water and diving onto a surfboard.  It was a cool idea…in my head; until I hit my head.

I didn’t account for the fact that when I landed my neck would flex.  It did.  My head snapped down.  My chin hit the floor.  I split my chin to the bone shearing off a chunk of my chin bone.

Blood everywhere.  I felt hurt.  I felt stupid.  I felt scared of my parents reaction.

I’ve recovered, but the scar and the missing chin bone remain.  Scars are like that; they last and we have to decide what we’ll do despite them.

Heroes Arise From The Scars Of Their Past

While growing up as a prince in Egypt Moses “went out to visit his own people, the Hebrews, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand.

Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.” And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened, and he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian.” [Exodus 2:11-15]

Moses wanted to right a wrong.  He saw injustice and wanted just treatment for others.  Admirable values but Moses’ method did not justify the results.  He reacted emotionally rather than rationally.  Moses’ choice led to his being hunted as a criminal.  As Gene Getz summarized, Moses “lost his temper and lost control.”

Like Moses, Emmanuel Jal took lives.

According to for “five years, young Emmanuel Jal fought as a child soldier in the Sudan. Rescued by an aid worker, he’s become an international hip-hop star and an activist for kids in war zones. In words and lyrics, he tells the story of his amazing life.”

Emmanuel Jal told his own story in his book War Child: A Child Soldier’s Story.

As Aaron Lewis of Staind explained in Reality:

Sometimes when you’re out of rope

The way to climb back up’s unclear

The walls you build around yourself

I guess they also keep you here

Are you afraid of what they think?

Whoever they happen to be

Or are you hiding from the scars of your own reality?

How Do Heroes Arise From The Scars Of Your Past?

Listen to your conscience.

Learn to be accountable; don’t minimize or make excuses.

Lean on the counsel of wise people.

Learn to recognize your motives.

Link your bad choices with your misguided thinking.

Love others enough to address their misguided thinking.

Learn to make amends with people you have hurt.

Lead people to solutions.

Look after one another.

Learn to recognize God’s voice.

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