2 Thessalonians 1:3: We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.”

Springtime in the desert can be spectacular. With the right amount of rain, desert flowers sprout and spread everywhere in the American Southwest. Brittlebush and California Gold Poppies turn our local deserts into gold. Hikers flock to the desert trails during this popular time of year to take in this beautiful sight.

But then desert spring turns into summer.

When the brutality of the raging desert heat hits, all springtime flowers shrivel up and die. A lot of plants will go dormant while leaving their seeds behind, ready to sprout in the next season.

Flourishing faith bears some resemblance to resilient desert flowers: Dying heroes scatter their seeds of inspiration. How would our world look like today without the likes of Martin Luther King or Mother Teresa (Just to name a couple of modern-day faith heroes)? Although Mother Teresa has passed away, the Society of Missionaries she initiated has spread all over the world, including the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries.  And although Martin Luther King was shot, his dream did not die with him.

We do not have to become famous to be a hero of faith. Even if we do not feel like one, we are heroes if we have kept faith. Weathering the storms of life, we unwittingly turn into a sign of hope for someone else having a tough time. Holding on, we scatter seeds of inspiration to a person who is ready to give up. Often without knowing it, we make a big difference!

God knows, we need heroes from every walk of life. Heroes turn this world into a better place, just as prolific wildflowers turn a barren desert into gold.

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