A friend at work once said, "It's hard to be Superwoman, when you have no super powers!" We laughed together at the time but the comment set my heart and mind to ponder. There are days it seems that a prerequisite for being everything we need to be, would be having super powers. A wife, a mom, a grandma, an employee, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a caregiver, a teacher, a volunteer. The list could go on and on and that is just a partial list of the things that we are… it doesn't even count the things that we do!
So, I'd like to know, what would your Superhero outfit look like? What superpowers would you like to have? Would you be able to achieve every goal in a single bound, or would you be able to find rest in the midst of the storm? Would you be able to check everything off your list or would you be able to put it all aside to spend time with someone who needs you? What does uncommon bravery really look like and will we be able to recognize it when we see it? Do we need x-ray vision or lightning fast speed to qualify, or is being who we were created to be, enough?
My heart tells me that I need to be strong. His word tells me that His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in my weakness.
My mind tells me I need to do and be more. His word tells me that I need to be still and know that He is God.
The world tells us we need to have more. His Word tells me that His gifts are better than gold, and His wages better than sterling silver.
I, like Moses, argue and say, "Who am I?" Just as with Moses, He answers only, "Surely, I will be with you." It reminds me that it never is about my qualifications, or my fears or my doubt. It is always about Him and the continual lesson that He is enough.
I remember visiting with my daughter at the end of one of her cross country meets. Nearly ten minutes after (we thought) it was over, a final girl was making the turn into the last section of the course toward the finish line. We stood there in awe, watching with utter respect, clapping and cheering her on. Moments later, just a short distance behind, her teammates appeared. With compassion and kindness they had gone back to run with her and usher her across the finish line! As the final runner came into everybody's view, the applause rippled down the line as she moved toward her goal.
Oh, that it would be so in each of our lives! Are you part of a team that cheers one another on, during the best and worst of times? Have you ever felt like that final competitor? Have you ever wondered if there was any way to make it to your goal? Then, seemingly out of nowhere, someone arrived on the scene to encourage and cheer you on? I think about this scenario and what a Super Hero would have done. They would have known she had fallen behind, flown back to get her, swooped down, scooped her up in one arm and transported her to the finish line. I prefer what her team actually did.
A recent episode of "The Secret Millionaire", showed a man meeting the needs of the homeless people living on Skid Row in Los Angeles, California. Seeing a man who shoes were covered in excrement, he quickly looked through pairs of shoes that he had with him to give away. Finding none in the homeless man's size, he reached down, untied the shoes he was wearing, and gave them to the man. It was the most amazing moment in the hour-long show. He would never think of himself as a hero, much less a Super Hero. He simply did what he could with what he had, led by a heart of compassion.
I want to be a hero like the last girl in the race, who was determined to finish the course no matter what. I want to be a hero like her teammates, who, after finishing themselves, went back to find her and stayed by her side until the end. I want to be a hero like the man who owned the hat shop but whose passion was to distribute clothes, shoes and sleeping bags to the homeless in his neighborhood. I will leave the spandex for someone else and endeavor instead to clothe myself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Drawing on Supernatural Strength and Secret Riches With You,
There is an awesome conference in July called She Speaks. I long to be a part of it… women connecting with other women and together, connecting to the heart of God. Find out more about it here:
I am ready to step out of my comfort zone and allow some belief to be tucked into this broken and needy spirit. See Ann Voskamp's post here inviting you to do the same.