Super Heroes

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One of the parents at my church shared with me that when their children dress up in their super hero costumes, sometimes the children tackle projects with a little more gusto! Picking up his toys while dressed as Batman …. KAPOW! ….. BAM! …. BOOM! … floor cleared and toys all put in their proper places. Dressed up as Wonder Woman and her math homework doesn’t seem so scary. Kids teach us every day and I love how their imagination is a constant source of inspiration for them and for us. How wise of little kids to tap into something bigger than themselves – their super hero alter egos.

In his Letter to the Ephesian community, St. Paul wrote to encourage the still relatively new followers of Jesus. The members of Ephesus were at each other’s throats over certain theological issues, such as salvation (an intimidating churchy word having to do with who will go to heaven and who might not! Yikes!) Understandably, at times, discussions got heated among the early followers of Jesus, and Paul wrote to emphasize the need for peace, unity and reconciliation among the followers as the will of the Father, and to fortify what Paul called, “The Body of Christ” – the followers of that day and beyond – which would, one day, ultimately include us! You and me! From generation to generation, just as a grandfather would encourage his grandchildren, Paul wrote to encourage you and me!

In his letter to the Ephesians, chapter 6, verses 10-18, Paul writes:

“Finally, sisters and brothers, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty powers. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood; but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Your beltway commute? POW!  BAM! You enter into that chaos completely covered in the Grace of God, ready to take on every hurried driver cutting in and out of traffic ahead of you. (Sometimes in a big red pick up truck! Sorry about that!)

Do you have a difficult conversation you have to have with a fellow employee, a neighbor, or a member of your family? POW! BAM! You enter into that conversation wrapped in the Word of God, ready to stand on your sacred ground, not puffing up or shrinking down (thank you, Dr. Brené Brown!)

You just received a troubling diagnosis? POW! BAM! You enter into the conversation with your doctor armed with all of the courage necessary to win this fight, knowing God is at your side.

Why would you want to go through life any other way than wrapped in the Love of Christ, Who knows you better than anyone and Who wants to walk through this life and the next with you?

Put on the full armor of God, friends. POW! BAM! You weren’t meant to do this alone.

Peace friends,

Chuck

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