What kid doesn’t find the idea of superheros intriguing? There’s something so safe and appealing about the strength, power, and goodness that accompanies these super men and women that captivates them. Many superhero loving kids grow to be superhero loving adults, myself included. Perhaps it’s hard to let go of the dream that maybe, just maybe, there’s a superhero somewhere out there waiting to save the day…
My son, Mason, is no exception. Like any kid his age, he has started to piece together the concept of superheros and their purpose. He talks about how they “beat up the bad guys” or can “fly through the air” or how they “save the day.” It’s amazing how quickly a 3 years old’s mind can make these kinds of connections. Right now, Mason is head over heels for Batman, Spider Man, and Iron Man. Those are his favorites and he makes sure we (his parents) or anyone else (including random strangers) don’t forget it.
All this got me thinking…if I could have a super power, what would it be? I’m pretty scared of heights, so I think flying would be out. I do NOT like spiders, so no web shooting for this gal. I think I’d probably follow in the footsteps of the great Jean Grey from the X-Men universe. Not only is she beautiful, but she is incredibly intelligent AND immensely powerful being both telekinetic and telepathic. She’s one of the most powerful mutants in the franchise and has proven herself time and time again, even evading death. You just can’t keep a good girl down.
It’s definitely fun to think about all the different powers to choose from and what you could do with your new-found abilities. I’d like to think that I’d use mine solely for good (like folding and hanging the mountain of clean clothes that have been sitting in laundry baskets for an undisclosed amount of time or loading and unloading the dishwasher without lifting a finger), but there might be a time or two when I slip up (think moving cars out of my way during rush hour or picking my hubby’s brain to see what gift he picked out for me for whatever occasion it might be). Yeah, I could see myself getting into a bit of trouble with those powers.
I love watching my son “save the day” and “beat the bad guys.” I hope he takes these qualities and holds onto them. I hope he carries them with him as he grows. I hope that he can eventually put together the fact that there’s one truly awesome super hero who really did save the day: Jesus. He had amazing power, saved and healed so many people, and he sacrificed himself (a pretty consistent theme among heroes) to save the world. He is by far the ULTIMATE super hero. I want both of my boys to know that they can be super, too, when they follow Jesus and live for him. There is no greater power than the one they will find in Him.