By Michael White
When I was a child, I loved watching superhero cartoons! I must confess that I was a Green Lantern fan...mostly because he was different and not as mainstream as Superman. Another reason I loved the Green Lantern was because the person changed from generation to generation. Whomever held the position of Green Lantern wore the ring of power and served as the current protector of the universe! Unlike the other superheroes, the Green Lantern title passed from generation to generation. How cool is that?
I was always fascinated by the diversity of the supers! They each came from such distant and diverse places. They all had their own unique look and special powers. Yet, in spite of the differences, they came together to champion the greater good and defeat evil!
That sounds an awful lot like our church family! So diverse, such different backgrounds, unique in our looks and spiritual gifts...yet one common purpose...championing the greater good and defeating evil!
When I was a kid, I dreamed of being a superhero. I wanted to be the one to save the world. I also wanted to have cool powers. Now that I'm an adult, my desires to save the world haven't changed...only the costume that comes with the job. Our church family may look like a bunch of "Clark Kent's" but I see a bunch of super heroes!
Embrace your inner "superhero"! Wow the world with your "super powers"...those spiritual gifts God gave you! Stand with your chest swelled, shoulders back, and poised to strike! And like the Green Lantern, steward the responsibility given to you today but be sure to pass on your powers to the next generation. And instead of wearing a symbol on our chest...let's point people to the Cross of the One who has the greatest power of all!
Be blessed and don't forget to smile!