2 Thessalonians 1:3:[Encouragement during Persecution] “Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing.”

Whoever lives in the American Southwest knows that with the right amount of rain desert flowers sprout and spread everywhere in springtime. Brittlebush and California Gold Poppies turn the desert into gold. It’s quite the sight for sore eyes! But then Arizona spring turns into summer. The same procedure as every year: When the brutality of the raging desert heat happens, all springtime flowers shrivel up and die. A lot of plants will go dormant while the Gold Poppies leave their seeds behind, ready to sprout in the next season.

Flourishing faith bears some resemblance to resilient Gold Poppies: 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 didn’t die with him.

Of course we don’t have to become famous to be a hero of faith. Even if you don’t feel like one, you are a hero if you 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, you scatter seeds of inspiration to a person who is ready to give up. Often without knowing it, you have made a big difference!

God knows we need heroes from every walk of life. They turn things around just like wildflowers turn the desert into gold!

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