Monday, May 30, 2016

Dee Yoder, Hero


Dear Readers,

I’m glad you stopped by. My blog today is about heroes.

I recently watched all the Hunger Games movies. Katniss Everdeen, the hero of the movie, was the inspiration and “savior” against soft spoken but brutal President Snow who ruled from the opulent Capitol. He ruled, terrorized, and killed all the downtrodden, poor lower working classes in outlying land sectors.

Katniss was sometimes misunderstood by the oppressed masses. They fluctuated from skeptical to adoring, and everywhere in between. They thought at times she was a puppet of the Capitol, and other times she was the one, with the sound of the Mockingjay and the three finger salute, to inspire them to beat the odds to bring down President Snow.

The story has parallels to people in my own life, only they are real. One is my wife Dee. She is very caring and compassionate. But she is also very direct and not afraid to take on a challenge, especially when the challenge is from people who are using accusations to get their own way, or propel their own agenda.

Some people would try to convince others that Dee’s directness is mean-spirited and unchristian-like. I know otherwise. When it comes to rallying around an underdog Dee will be there, and I would want no one other than Dee to come to their/my defense, and I know if many of you would get to know her well would learn that she will always be fair and compassionate, but also very firm against what she thinks is wrong. I think this is very Biblical and Christian-like.

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” II Timothy 1:7.

and…

“Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free.” Psalm 146:5-7

Katniss Everdeen was a make-believe movie hero that was fun to watch…but Dee is a real-life hero who we can really emulate.

See you next time,
Arlen

5 comments:

Yvonne Blake said...

Yes, Dee is a real-life hero. She is strong, yet she is tender.
I'm glad she has you to strenthen her when she is tired.

Rhonda Schrock said...

A beautiful tribute, Arlen. She is certainly full of courage!

Arlen's Living Water Springs said...

Thanks a lot Rhonda. Dee's been really persecuted by a couple family members which has been hurtful, in the midst her mother's serious illness.

Arlen's Living Water Springs said...

Thanks Yvonne for your encouragement! It means a lot.

Arlen's Living Water Springs said...

Thanks Yvonne for your encouragement! It means a lot.