Hero of a Stick Man

Can a stick man ever be a hero?


As they always say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

After sitting down in church yesterday morning, my wife leans over and says, “Look what she drew in Sunday school.”  Needless to say, it was all I could do to not start crying.  As we always strive to do the best we can as parents, it is rare we receive any feedback from our children.  I know the older they get the more difficult it will become to assess where we stand.  Luckily for my father, he lived long enough to see what happens when his son realized what an impact he has had on my life.

Unfortunately for our pastor, I immediately began to think through this moment and I wish I could hit the “Pause” button on it.  I was flooded with emotion and as the service continued, I began to think about how this applies outside the home.  Who are your heroes and do they know it?

Who are the people who unselfishly gave/give of themselves for you?  Once they are identified, what have you done to let them know?  For me, I had always hoped I could be looked at as a hero by my kids, but something special happened when it came from them.  As parents, especially us dads, we are always asking the question, “Do I have what it takes?”  Although, this question will forever linger, I am certainly a little closer to believing I must have done a few things correctly.

Who knew a stick man could do so much for one’s heart?

Take the stick man challenge… Identify your hero and then let them know.

Can you relate?  Share your thoughts below.


  1. Alli Polin says:

    Just looking at the picture I was touched – for you, I’m sure it runs deep. You’re right – we have people we admire and heroes in our life today yet rarely do we tell them. It’s so simple too… start with “You are…” and speak from your heart. Your child clearly did that, Hero.

  2. Let's Grow Leaders says:

    One of the benefits of becoming a blogger is that I’ve gone back and recognized many of the leaders that contributed to my growth, in one post or another. Many of the from years ago. That reconnection and thank you has been so touching on all sides. Going back to say thank you also warms your own heart.

    • Completely agree. It is amazing how much it means to everyone involved. It also keeps us focused on how we could not do what we do without standing on the shoulders of those who lifted us there.

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