Who are the heroes of hope that inspire you? I like to call the heroes of hope “Dangerous Hope Agents.” They are advocates of hope that stay committed to their mission no matter how many times they get knocked down. No matter who is for them or against them.
Zach Sobiech – A Young Dangerous Hope Agent.
One of the stories that has really impacted me over the last several years is that of a young man named Zachary Sobiech. I read his story in 2014 and sobbed.
Zach inspired millions of people with his song, Clouds. The song was written in 2012, while Zach was battling a rare form of cancer called osteosarcoma. Zach died in 2013. He was only 18 years old.
Zach didn’t get to fully experience what he hoped for. He didn’t get to hear raving fans at his concerts or have a long career as a songwriter. Oh, he tasted small glimpses of it during his life on earth. However, the full extent of his hope caught fire after his death. His mom wrote a book about his life, and years later that book would become the basis of a full length movie, aptly titled, “Clouds.”
“I want to be remembered as the kid who went down fighting and didn’t really lose.”ZACH SOBIECH
Zach recognized the hope that was possible, even in his death. He started the Zachary Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund to help raise money to find a cure for this rare form of cancer. He passed the torch of Dangerous Hope in a way that inspired others and made an impact in a positive way. Learn more about his legacy here.
Jesus Christ – The OG Dangerous Hope Agent.
I was driving to work the other day and was instantly overwhelmed by the realization that the OG of Dangerous Hope is Jesus Christ. Whether we share the same faith or not, we can all agree that the dangerous hope he sparked has lasted for thousands of years past his death.
When you grow up in church hearing about Jesus’ life, you can grow numb to the power and even the hope of him. It becomes a story that you know by rote, but not by heart.
Jesus Christ sparked such a dangerous hope of eternal life beyond earth that he not only died for it, he inspired others to take up their cross and follow in his footsteps. Whether you believe the Gospel or not, there’s no bigger Dangerous Hope Agent than that!
I think the most interesting thing about the heroes of hope is this: many of them died before they actually fulfilled the mission they were hoping to achieve.
That thought humbles me. It grounds my focus and begs me to answer the question: will I stay committed to what I hope for, even in the face of death? That’s a question worth asking yourself. It’s a thought to chew on and dive deep into. And it’s the question I want to leave you with today. Lean into it and let it challenge you to step into your own journey of being a hero of hope. A Dangerous Hope Agent.
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