What’s your Superpower?
~ Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18) ~
Did you every play superheroes with your friends when you were young? There were so many characters to choose from: Superman’s X-ray vision, Spiderman’s web spinning, Flash Gordon’s speed and, my wife’s favourite, Wonder Woman with her Lasso of Truth. Armed with some impromptu costumes and a vivid imagination, a whole afternoon would fly by as we fought to save the world from destruction.
Superheroes are still popular with children today, including my daughter. Sophie has a passion for dressing up and has been “experimenting” with different costumes to create her own superhero. Just this past week Sophie asked me, “Dad, what superpower do you think I have?” I took three guesses which resulted in three strikes. Super speed? No. Super strength? No. Super vision? No. “No, Daddy. My superpower is love,” she said enthusiastically. At the end of the day, I asked her if she had used her superpowers at school. Without missing a beat she replied, “I found lonely kids and sang to them and made them smile.”
The power of love, indeed! Songs, movies and stories have all been written about the power of love, a superpower we all possess. Yet, it was Christ who demonstrated the ultimate power of love. Many people are drawn to Christ because He exemplified God’s perfect love for us. Jesus didn’t spend His time on earth simply telling people about love; He lived it. Christ showed His love to people who are often shown love the least: prostitutes, tax collectors, lepers, the poor and sick. He forgave them, healed them and gave them hope. Ultimately, He gave His life up for them so all could know God’s love perfected.
Without knowing it, Sophie demonstrated the meaning of 1 John 3:18. To Sophie, her superpower of love wasn’t just an empty word. It was real. She demonstrated her superpower through her deeds. I can only imagine the difference she made in the day of a lonely child on the playground full of children. She was demonstrating God’s love through very simple actions. How convicting my daughter’s actions are when I consider my own acts of love…or lack of love…at home, work, play and even church. I don’t need to wear a costume; I need only to act like Jesus, extending love to those around me. It could be as simple as a kind word or an offer of assistance, an act of forgiveness or a sacrifice of time or money. Whatever the situation, superheroes look for opportunities to make a difference and save lives. I need to ensure that my superpower of love isn’t fictitious, like a character in a comic book, but one of truth, with Christ’s love reflected in my deeds.