It doesn’t take much encouragement for my boys to dress up as their favourite superhero. My 6 year old, an absolute superman fan, will, if you’re not careful, wear the superman costume underneath his clothes as complete commitment to Clark Kent. And if my boys are not pretending to be Superman or Batman, they’re busy creating their own superheroes, complete with costumes, and their own unique super powers.
It seems though, the dream to be a superhero is not limited to children. If Damo from the recent “The Block NZ” TV series proved, even adults find opportunities to be Batman!
Wikipedia defines a superhero as “a type of hero character hero character possessing extraordinary talents, supernatural phenomena, or superhuman powers and dedicated to protecting the public.” Sounds good. Who wouldn’t want to have an extraordinary talent or power! I’d find speed particularly useful – imagine what I could accomplish in a day (even without coffee!!)
I do wonder though, if this fascination for superheroes is built into our DNA. If it is because there is a superhero inside us all. And if when you look at the definition of a superhero you realise that God has placed these characteristics on the inside of us all through the power of the Holy Spirit.
According to my boys, Jesus is the ultimate Superhero and their favourite. And they are right. When Jesus walked the earth, He performed many miracles, signs and wonders. He raised people from the dead, healed the sick, turned water in wine, fed 5000 plus people, calmed storms and walked on water. Amazing! Extraordinary! Supernatural yes! Yet we are called to live this life as well and more so!
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)
I might not have a cape hanging in my wardrobe, or have access to an invisible plane, but through the power of the Holy Spirit and through the resurrected life that Jesus won for me, I am called to live a life that is extraordinary and thereby by definition one of a superhero!
To be this breed of superheroes, we need to be brave. To no longer keep our cape hidden beneath our daily attire, or presenting ourselves to the world as a mild mannered reporter!! That means stepping out and praying for those that are sick, sharing our faith, prophesying, and always expecting the miracle of God breaking through into people’s lives and situations.
Yes, the journeys of Lego Batman continues in my household! And this time it included his sidekick Robin! You’d think that I’d have been more vigilant. And you’re right – I have been. Lego Batman does not get to go on outings with my 3 year old anymore. I now add a disclaimer – the outings I know about!
It all started (restarted!) with a trip out to a birthday party. Boys entered the house with no toys in tow, or so I thought. But once we were back in the car, fill of cake and other goodies, the 3 year old started talking about lego batman and Robin. We arrived home and looked for them, to no avail. It then dawned on me that as I wrapped the birthday present, my 3 year old was busy wrapping his lego into some paper as well. But where was that bundle of squished paper. I surmised that somehow it had ended up with the actual present. An embarrassed text was then sent to our friends to errr look through their rubbish! Thankfully said lego figures were discovered in a squished bundle of wrapping paper. And another happy reunion ensured.
So what’s the lesson in this? Other than check and check again what gets taken out of the house! It made me think again of little things. This time though, of how little things can easily and quickly get away from us. Unnoticed, unchecked and with not so nice consequences – (I had friends going through their rubbish for us!) It’s the little food items that sneak into our daily diets and then we’re faced with needing to lose weight. Or the little white lies that seem innocent and barely noticeable that grow into bigger deceits and bigger consequences. Maybe it’s the taking shortcuts at work or the letting that speeding needle creep up too much.
Sometimes, it’s worthwhile having a little stock take of our lives, and recalibrating things before they get away from us.
PS If you know how to put GPS on little toys let me know!