by Isabelle from Loveland
Allan Anderson (Bapa)
My hero is my grandfather, Al Anderson; I called him Bapa, which is Swedish for
grandfather. He was a humble man who changed my life. My Bapa had a lot of
qualities that made him a hero. I will discuss three of the qualities, but I could go on
all day about the wonderful attributes my Bapa had. These qualities are: selflessness,
humility and perseverance.
|Allan Anderson |
The first quality about Bapa was selflessness. A lot of his time was spent with
others who needed a friend. He lead bible studies at nursing homes and visited the sick in
hospitals. My Nana and him helped my mom and dad take care of me and my sisters when
my mom and dad were working. He always puts other's needs before his own and put
himself last. That is why he is also humble.
Humility was something he always demonstrated. He demonstrated humility when we played games by showing us how to play the game
better, so we would win. As a successful businessman, he always credited Jesus for giving him his gift. Bapa always told
us to act like Jesus would act and wore his 'WWJD' bracelet. I think Jesus is very proud
of his humility. He was always persevering to be humble and selfless and that is another
heroic quality of him.
Perseverance is the best heroic quality of my Bapa because he was always doing
it. Trials and tribulations seemed to be a part of his life, but he persevered through most of
them. My Bapa was always standing strong through the things he went through. One trail
was when he broke his ankle, but always humbled himself to help us with our things even
when it hurt. Also, in 2011, he was diagnosed with a bladder disorder and was in a lot of
pain, but he smiled through it. Finally, in November 2012, he had a stroke. We came to
visit him in the hospital and he was persevering through the stroke by trying to talk and
trying to walk. He was really trying to get better. One of the last things he did before he
died was the most heroic. Bapa took my hand and kissed it and prayed over me. My Bapa
showed selflessness, humility and perseverance until the day Jesus welcomed
him into Heaven.
|Easter 2011 |
When we die and God welcomes us into our real home, He is finished with us. Just
like in the Potter's video, earth is the Potter's wheel and God is working on us. When God is finished with us and we come home, He puts us in
His trophy case because we are His masterpieces. My Bapa received his trophy for being Christ-like: demonstrating selflessness, humility, and
perseverance. Truly, he was Christ here on earth and I am following in his legacy.