There Goes My Hero

May 31, 2012

“Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these?” –Isaiah 40:26

Read: Isaiah 40

With the recent Avengers craze, I have to ask: What would your super power be? I know, it’s kid’s stuff, but somehow that question still makes it to the grown-up table. So let’s pretend. Would you travel through time? Gain super strength? Or maybe my favorite — you’d fly. C’mon, how many of us have ever wanted to swoop down and save the day?

But we can’t. We can’t find the car keys let alone leap tall buildings. Saving the day will just have to wait. But we should remember that while we’re not caped, we are crusaders — crusaders flanked by angels, sent to protect the only thing that will eventually fight gravity and win: our souls.

So if you’re feeling grounded and restless, that’s okay. This isn’t home. You and I were meant for a land far, far away. All we need to do is wait for our Hero to save the day. And guess what? We’ll rise up with renewed strength and fly.

–Jimmy Peña

Question: Who is your hero of the faith? Share your testimony in the comments section below.

NUTRITION TIP: A Little White Lie?
By Emily Ann Miller, MPH, RD

A number of people I have counseled in nutrition are confused about the differences between brown sugar and white sugar. Some believe that brown sugar is healthier, using the logic that brown (whole grain) bread, rice, and pasta is better than the white (refined) versions of those products.

Actually, brown sugar is virtually equal to white sugar in calories and nutrient content. The only difference is that molasses has been added to brown sugar, which gives it its color and distinct taste. They key to maintaining a healthy weight is to use both types of sugar in moderation.

Emily Ann Miller, MPH, RD is a registered dietitian and works at a Washington, DC-based independent, nonprofit science organization, where her work is currently focused on environmental and policy solutions to obesity prevention. She also speaks to groups about health and nutrition and provides nutrition education to patients at a free medical clinic that serves low-income, uninsured adults in the Washington, DC area. You can view more of Emily’s nutrition tips and updates by following her on Twitter, @EmilyAMillerRD.

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  1. Becky Roe

    My favorite “hero of the faith” is Caleb. For 40 years he believed God’s promise to him. He stayed ready to receive it when the time was right. He told Joshua that he was as ready for the battle as when he first received the promise 40 years prior. He was willing & completely confident to fight an uphill battle against giants who were nicknamed “the stranglers” to claim his promised reward. “Give me my mountain!” Right on, Caleb, right on.

  2. Luz

    LOVE IT!
    I needed to read that today. As I approach the end of another school year, I need super hero strength to get my students and myself successfully through the finish line. My super power strength?…improving the future for others with Jesus Christ at my side. ;-)

  3. Sandie Powell

    One of my heroines is Ruth. She overcame insurmountable tragedy, with the death of her husband and other family members…faithfully followed her depressed mother-in-law to a strange land, embraced a strange culture, and even a strange new God. There she worked literally like a slave. Then, we see one of the Bible’s most beautiful love stories unfold.

    God is So Good, Jimmy. Thank you for faithully and skillfully reminding us of that…every day! Have a great weekend!

  4. Plemon Ming

    My faith hero is Paul. He is a good example of what God can do with a surrendered life. Paul is a good role model to follow. Of course Jesus is the best role model of all.

  5. Paul B. Taubman, II

    My Super Power would to be able to remain calm at all times. No matter what! That would help keep me focused on the important things!

    (By the way, I tried to send this via your Contact Page, but I got an error message. I am adding it here so the message can get to you. Feel Free to delete this part before approving my comment. Thanks!)

    Just want to let you know that I enjoy reading your stuff here at PrayFit! I like the look and feel of your site and visit many times a week.

    May I ask how you handle your storefront? Is that a plugin? If so, which one?

    Finally, I am sure you already know this, but your video on Jump Squats – you can take it up a notch by holding onto a kettlebell or dumb bell as you are doing this exercise.

    Thanks again for all the great info!

    Be Well.

  6. Sharon Vander Meer

    Wonderful post! Heroes of faith? Wow, hard to decide. Moses for sure. Job. Thomas, the doubter, Mary and Martha, David, Peter, Paul… These flawed humans reflect staunch faithfulness through all of life’s ups and downs.

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