Heroes Under the Radar (An Ordinary Revolution)
In a culture driven by celebrity power, it’s quite possible for us to overlook the “common” or “ordinary” people in our communities that live heroic lives. These are individuals that may never get asked to be interviewed for a show or speak at a conference. No spotlight. No Lifetime Achievement Awards. No Red Carpets. In fact, they’re not even looking for such things.
They continue to work day in and day out to serve their respective spheres of influence. The result of their efforts lead to life change, one person at a time. They are the shoulders upon which others have stood upon to reach their destiny. They are the foundational stakeholders to virtue and good. Without these individuals, life would become all too superficial and disingenuous.
I knew one such hero. His name was Leonard Camou.
I was hired by his pastor to be a youth director at his church after I graduated from college. Leonard was a short, rugged man who had a wonderful zest about life. He worked/volunteered at the church throughout the week to care for the needs of people in our congregation and our city. Nothing could slow down Leonard’s heart to serve people. He always carried a positive spirit and a smile that is still to this day unforgettable. People loved him and regularly would come in to chat with him for a few minutes in the office.
What’s amazing about Leonard is that he did all of this in his latter years while going through weekly dialysis. I never heard him complain. There was something about the way he embraced life and service that kept him going. He persevered. He loved. He kept moving to serve others. He always did his best.
Unfortunately, Leonard’s condition worsened and he eventually passed away. Nevertheless, he imparted something in to everyone he met that continues to live on. I owe a lot to Leonard. He continues to be a source of inspiration and reminder that live is too short not to love and serve others. Thanks Leonard. 🙂
Are there people in your life that is a hero under the radar? Are there people who are a part of this “ordinary” revolution? Would you take a minute to share their story? We need to share their story.