A nice lady shared her story with me the other day. I want to share it with you not because it is especially unusual but because it is NOT especially unusual.
She lived in a simple home with her husband and five young children. They did not have much but they were a happy family. She and her husband both worked hard to provide a good home. There were no frills but a lot of love.
While visiting Cebu her husband was murdered. Suddenly she was the sole support for her family. She worked hard but no matter how hard, there never seemed to be enough time or money. Her life and family were slowly falling apart. She prayed to God for help. God answered her prayer with a chance meeting on the internet. The man was a foreigner. They exchanged emails for over a year before he came to the Philippines to meet her. He had a beautiful home in America, while she lived in a simple cement block house and washed her clothes in a nearby stream. He drove a big fancy car, while she road a pedicab to work every morning. She was a widow with FIVE children. No man wants someone else’s family. He returned to America.
He returned to America and sold everything he had. He came back to the Philippines and married her in a big church wedding. They have been married for four beautiful years. He not only adopted her children, he has become the loving father they needed. They have blossomed into confident, outgoing young adults. Two of them already have a successful growing business. He has taught them so many things. He not only gave them a beautiful home but also gave them beautiful hearts.
Now why did I tell you this story? I consider him an Everyday Hero, but there is more to this than just that. He is 71 years old. Soon God will call him home. Before he goes, and before the everyday hero in your life goes. Take the time to tell them just how very special they are and how much you love them.