"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." - Corrie Ten Boom

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

On Superman and Heroes.

Young Clark Kent: "Who am I?"
Jor-El: "Your name is KAl-El. You are the only survivor of the planet Krytpon. Even though you have been raised as a human, you are not one of them. You have great powers, only some of which you have, as yet, discovered."
Young Clark Kent: " All those things I can do. All those powers. And I couldn't even save him."
Dear Sammy,
'The greatest of hero's are not perfect people with perfect answers and perfect lives. The greatest hero's however are those who keep trying. Who pursue what is good and what is right at all costs. A hero is the man fully entrenched in the nitty gritty of life, while the philosopher rambles on as to how it should have been done, or could have been done, rather than getting on with the doing, and working to learn as they go. The greatest hero's will risk losing the perfect image and persona to struggle, to wrestle, and to fight ugly, dirty battles. Hero's rarely walk away without stains and wounds. No, Hero's are the the ones who get up and keep on limping forward. Because they have a purpose, because they have power to do so, and because they know what (or who) truth is."

The more I try to learn to be a hero for you, the more I realize that I focus on the wrong things, and that I don't know what I'm doing... I don't have the power. That truth is becoming more and more of a relief to me... because I know my Daddy God who has never claimed that I was perfect, powerful, or knew the answers. He's there to offer His power. HE is the perfect Hero.
My hero is Jesus. Creator. King. Warrior God. Lion of Judah. Sovereign. True.
The creator of laughter.
The author of joy, and of peace.
The One who gave everything to save us, and still pursues us and leads us every day.
The One who looks at us wearing tattered "blankies" on our backs, showing off our best skins and going home worn out and at the end of our strength, the One who delights in our exploration of the power He's promised, and the only One who unleashes His power with incredible force to rescue us. He's the One who doesn't put a limit on how far He's willing to go... and how far He's willing to let us learn to go in HIS mighty power. He's the One who convicts me through difficult times and promises to change me. He's the One who loves me too much to leave me as I am, and who is patient and gracious enough to help me learn.
He's incredible. He's saved me! He's my hero. Everyday.
He's the One who loves and will continue to help my children and those around me everyday as well. He's the hero. I am charged with the responsibility and great privilege of getting to know Him better every day. Of being brave enough to step into the power He surrounds me with, and to bring others with me. He'll be the hero. He knows I can't. And He loves me anyway.
What a wonderful God.


Naomi said...

Beautifully written :)

6 is the perfect number! said...

what naomi said!! i am so glad you are able to share your heart the way you do!! love you so much!!

Nathaniel Simmons said...

I really enjoyed reading this post, it was indeed well written and encouraging.

It reminds me a bit of Dietrich Bonhoeffer whose complaints were similar to the popular line, "Christians are so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good." He would have loved you line, "Hero's rarely walk away without stains and wounds." He would have also agreed with you concerning the Christian's motivation for enduring those stains and wounds.

Renee said...

I just love you :)