It’s curious that the classic tradition of a true “hero” is not our present understanding at all. A “hero” isn’t largely about being bold, muscular, famous, or fantastic by himself. The classic hero is one who “goes the distance” and then has plenty left over for others. True heroism serves the common good…or it’s not really heroism at all. In his book, Falling Upward, Richard Rohr comments, "…To be a celebrity or a mere survivor today is often confused with heroism. Merely to survive and preserve our life is a low-level instinct but it is not heroism in any classic sense. We were meant to thrive and not just survive. We are glad when someone survives, and that surely took some courage and effort. But what are we to do with our deepest desires? That is the heroic question."
Our deepest desire? How ‘bout righteousness?!?! Most of us don't think of becoming more righteous b/c we set ourselves up for failure and/or hypocrisy. Righteousness feels unusually heroic YET serves the common good. Abraham’s faith was credited as righteous (Heb.11) but he was far from perfect. What made him righteous was that he believed what God said and obeyed.
Jesus said, "Blessed are those who hunger & thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Mt 5:6) Hungering and thirsting is about DESIRE – not just for my sake but for the benefit of others. God courts us to share his desires. We have daily opportunities to turn. In some cases, we need turn toward someone in need. Other times, we need to turn away from something. The point is that when we leave room for the Holy Spirit to speak, we grow in righteousness. The more we learn to respond, the more we hunger and thirst for what God loves.