Twenty years ago, the general manager of Chevrolet came to Texas.
As an automotive reporter based in Dallas, I was excited. Auto executives rarely left Michigan, so this meant I got to interview someone important.
He had been making headlines because he’d found a strategy to increase sales. Jim Perkins was witty, and I was sure I would get a sound bite worth remembering.
What I heard was a line I’ll never forget.
“Mr. Perkins, it’s a thrill to meet you,” I said. “I’ve always wanted to interview you. You’re one of my heroes!”
He looked me in the eye and smiled. “Well, darlin’, you must be running short on heroes.”
I laughed and began asking about cars and trucks.
Later, I digested his comment. I have never run short on heroes.
My dad told me bedtime stories about Gen. MacArthur, Patrick Henry and Richard Sears, the founder of the retail chain.
But the real hero then and always has been the General Manager of souls, the Soldier who conquered death and the Founder of the universe, Jesus Christ.
Who are your heroes?
Do you ever use the word casually, like I did?
Have you told Jesus that he’s the hero you depend on and look up to?
May your fairy tales be true stories of inspiration and may you never run short on heroes.
“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:3-5, TNIV
Lorri Allen is news director for KYTX CBS19.