My oldest son has been crazy about super heroes since he was 2. When he was 2 1/2 he was dressed as batman and he thought he WAS batman! He wandered the house in this costume which revealed only his mouth and a couple of slits for eyes. He walked carefully as he could barely see and yet that didn't stop him. He laughed and thought that he was indeed batman. When you called him by name, he exclaimed "NO BATMAN".
As he is living the life of a full fledge super hero, our daughter who is older and of course much more knowledgeable then her brother in this matter is helping him learn. One day he was frustrated - mostly because the limitations that come with wearing his Batman costume - it is not meant to be wore 24/7 and is not as comfortable as his PJ's. In his frustration he was giving up, so his older sister (who is 4) comes up to him and explains that "Super Heroes never give up." And reminds him that Batman should be teaching him this.
Super Heroes never give up. This is so true. When they are fighting it out with the bad guys, who never die and always return they don't give up. How long can the Joker and Batman truly wage war against each other before it gets old? I am surprised that the story lines of Superman and Lex Luther just don't get so "been there, done that" that the comic book fans just stop reading. And yet, they don't and their heroes don't give up either.
Being a Christian is knowing that God never gives up on us. And that we shouldn't give up either. Life might feel like one big battle between you and your own joker - or lex luther - if you are dealing with addiction, depression, abuse, ect... Or in today's world it could feel like we are battling our own super villains as we continue to experience terror, racism and bloodshed. But if we can take anything away it is that we should never give up. Life is about living it to the fullest. Fighting our battles and celebrating in life's triumphs. Life is about the days when things are going smoothly and the world around us is balanced and peaceful. But life is also about the days when we struggle to keep the positive or when bad things just seem to be pilling up in front of us.
We can either choose to be the Super Hero of our own story. Perhaps leaving the costume at home and just living the anonymous life but never giving up. Letting God in our life and bringing Christ's love to the world. Or we can choose to block out the light, to let the bad stuff pile up so high that the sun cannot shine through and dwell in the darkness.
I think we can all say (cue theme song) .... we would rather live into God's grace and love. Never giving up but instead embracing the trails knowing that we aren't alone but instead God is with us. Giving us each the strength and courage to defeat the evil around us. Making us all super human through the love and forgiveness given through grace
My son is now almost 4 and the super hero love hasn't gone away. He has found out the hard way that humans can't fly. He has found out the difficult way that he isn't truly batman, but he still likes to pretend. And having a super hero in my life has opened my world up. As I watch the political battle in front of our nation, as I see and witness the struggle of real Americas and as I hear the language of media about the country I live in, I am even more thankful for God in my life. God provides light when everyone else proclaims darkness and my super hero - Jesus - provides salvation to all who believe.
We have a choice, to live into the darkness that other's make of the world allowing for fear and anger to take hold and rage to run it course - we can allow the villain's to win the day. Or we can live into the life God has for us. Live into the truth that God never gives up on us. Live into the light of Christ and shine this light so all may feel the warmth of God's amazing grace! I choose the later - for me and my household we will serve the Lord!!!