Admiring, Believing

Wonder Twin Powers…Activate!

Lately, for some reason, the movie The Incredibles has been on my mind. Especially the part where the villain, Syndrome, says, “…when everyone’s super, no one will be.” Click HERE for a refresher.

The gist of the movie is that some people are born with SuperPowers and are not only celebrated, but are beneficial to society. After a while, the so-called “normal” people become jealous to the point of manufacturing SuperPowers so that everyone can be “Super”.

Around a year ago, I got a compliment from a friend (BL) that I am just now coming to terms with. I don’t remember the entire conversation, but he told me that my “SuperPower” is that I make everyone around me feel good. I thanked him, and went on without giving it too much thought, other than that it was a very nice thing for him to say to me, and no one has ever told me I have a SuperPower.

I think we all have SuperPowers of some kind or another. Just because we might not have the same SuperPower as someone else, doesn’t mean that what we have to offer isn’t of equal importance. Each of us possesses some quality that is valuable to others. I feel that if we could just realize what we have been blessed with, we would be less inclined to feel inferior to or be jealous of what other people have (OR what we perceive them to have).

Then I was reminded of a biblical comparison. Because, really? Every profound thought I have eventually comes back to God…

“The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what He does for us, not by what we are and what we do for Him. In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of His body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.”
Romans 12:3-6 (The Message)

I want to encourage the people in my little Sphere of Influence to find out what their SuperPower is. Start by asking yourself the question, “What makes me *Me*?” Endeavor, either by self-reflection or through the eyes of a trusted friend, to discover who You are. It will likely take some time and effort, as things of significance usually do, but it will be worth it.

Then, after you have your answer, work it, girlfriend! Go on with your bad self. Be all that you can be! You are the only You who ever was and will ever be. Celebrate God’s wonderful creation in you by being the person God created you to be!

I would like to offer what I see as some of my friends’ SuperPowers, and I hope that I am not the first person to ever tell them so:

  • My hubbie has the gift of Shining Under Pressure
  • EG has the gift of Confrontation to Facilitate Communication
  • JC has the gift of Straight-Forwardness
  • JW has the gift of Intuitive Feeling
  • JT has the gift of Unabashed Generosity
  • AW has the gift of Steadfast Kindness
  • And BL (who started it all) has the gift of Guileless Trust

Get out there and polish up your skills! The Justice League needs some fresh blood.

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