Today I read on Fox News Miep Gies died at the age of 100. Her name wasn’t a familiar one to me yet the story she played a part in is one we all know. Miep Gies was the office secretary who defied Nazi occupiers to hide Anne Frank and her family for two years and saved the teenager’s diary (fox news).
And here’s the quote shook me this morning:
“I don’t want to be considered a hero,” she said in a 1997 online chat with schoolchildren.
“Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero? I was not. I was just an ordinary housewife and secretary.”
How often do I do things around my home, or ministry wise for that matter, and deep down I want recognition for it? Probably more than I care to admit. And yet this woman and husband risked their lives for that of another because it is what you do. The understatement of the year is how deeply humbled and convicted I am this morning.