What is Your Superpower?
Superpowers. It’s what every kid dreams about, and let’s be honest, adults who still have their imaginations intact may dream about it too.
One of my favorite Pixar movies to date is The Incredibles. There are many reasons for this, including how quotable this movie is, but one of the main reasons is the fact that it is about an ordinary family who has one extraordinary secret, they have superpowers. This appeals to me.
Now unlike the character Edina in this movie, I like capes. I still remember my Supergirl outfit that I would wear around the house, and yes, it had a cape. I defeated many a foe in that blue and red symbol of power. (My brother also had a matching Superman outfit, but that may slightly take away from the coolness factor…)
I loved the feeling that came with donning that cape – that I could do something that nobody else could. I could help in a way that was unique only to me. I was special.
Now if you ask me what my superpower was as a child, I don’t think I could even tell you. And that is possibly due to the fact that my superpower probably changed from day to day. But that’s not really the point. The point is that within every child and adult on this earth there is something inside us that was created for greatness.
We still long for superpowers. They may look a little different than they did when we were 5-years-old, but that desire still exists. The desire to make a difference, to help in a way that no other can, to do something that no one else can, to change the world with our very own superpower.
To be honest, I don’t think this is a bad desire. I believe it is a God-given desire. We were born for uniqueness. We were born to change this world.
The truth is that when you entered this world, you were equipped with a special gift that no other person on this earth has or will ever have. There is a certain something about you that can never be duplicated.
The problem is that our superpowers may not come in the packaging we expect. They might look a little different from what we expected. And here’s the kicker – no cape.
These gifts are usually packed inside of us in ways that it might take some time to discover them. And this is were we can make the mistake of thinking that we missed out on receiving anything special.
And even worse we start to look at others and wish we would have been given their special gift. Yet deep down within us is hidden something more powerful and unique than we could ever imagine.
I remember a scene in one of the (many) Spider-Man movies, where Peter Parker discovers that he has a ‘gift’. He didn’t walk out and start changing the world right then and there. He made a lot of mistakes because he didn’t know how to use it. But over time he developed his gift into something he could use.
What if we stopped mooning over other’s talents and gifts, and take the time to get to know what we are capable of through Him. If the God of this universe endowed us with one-of-a-kind gifts, why are we not impressed with our own? Why aren’t we protecting and developing this talent to use it for what it was created for.
Could it be it is because we have never truly taken the time to unwrap it and discover what is really there?
We have all been given a part to play in this life and we have all been given the power and the tools to see it through. I think it’s time we stopped being jealous and desiring what other people can do and start giving our full attention to this awesome gift.
Like any other skill in life, we need to develop, practice and train ourselves. This is so important. We have one shot on this earth, why not give it our all, and be who we are created to be? Cape or no cape.