How to be a Real Life Superhero

Superman meets Hulk

There’s no denying how popular superheroes have become. Nowadays you don’t need to be a comic book collector in order to be familiar with these characters. Every year we seem to be loaded down with new movies, merchandise, and even TV shows.

This massive popularity has left us with a lot of variety. There are many different kinds of heroes. Some are noble, some are gritty, some are nerdy school kids, and others are billionaire ninjas. Without a doubt, this wide array of characters fits many different types of fans, but what about real life superheroes?

What does a real hero look like? How can we be more heroic ourselves? Keep reading to hear my thoughts…

Weakness Made Strong

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2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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Captain America is one of my favorite superheroes. Two things make him really cool:

  1. His heart of gold
  2. The fact that his strength is not his own

Before Captain America was Captain America, he was Steve Rogers. Steve wasn’t the type of guy to turn a lot of heads. He was scrawny, weak, and imperfect.

After a genetic experiment, Steve is transformed into the super strong Captain we know and love. It isn’t his own strength, it’s a gift. Because of this, Steve stays humble (even after he is strong).

Christians can be like this too. The gifts God blesses us with aren’t by our strength, and we have no right to be conceited. We must stay humble and take them as what they are. Gifts.

Captain America never says, “Aww man, why didn’t you give me the ability to fly like Superman?” Why would he? He was gifted with something he didn’t deserve. Without that gift, he’d still be a scrawny kid. Now he must choose to put that gift into action.

The same goes for us. Don’t waste your time lamenting over what someone else has. Don’t be jealous. Take what God has given you, and put it into action. Chances are, somewhere in the world someone is worse off than you are. Our focus should be on rescuing those people, not trying to catch up to the people who seem to have more than us.

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Romans 15: 1-6 (ESV)

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,

that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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My favorite superhero movie is Spider-Man 2. To me, that movie did a great job of capturing what Spidey is supposed to be.

Peter Parker (Spider-Man), is a seemingly regular young kid in New York. He doesn’t have a lot of money, popularity, or even friends. His school grades are plummeting (despite being very smart), his love life is falling apart, and he can barely hang on to a job. In addition to all of those things, Peter’s poor widow aunt is having trouble keeping her house.

The thing about being a superhero is… it doesn’t pay well (in physical money at least). There is no “direct deposit” for every mugging that Spidey stops. Quite the opposite really. Helping others comes at a great cost to Peter.

Peter knows that many of his problems could be temporarily remedied if he would just hang up his mask. Because of this, Peter decides to quit being Spidey… Spider-Man no more.

His grades begin to sky rocket, his job is more successful, and his relationship with Mary Jane begins to heal. There is a problem though…

Crime is spiking to new heights. Muggings are everywhere. The city starts to fall into chaos.

Peter is forced to make a choice. Is he willing to make some personal sacrifices in order to do what he is called to do? Is he going to pursue his own happiness, or is he going to embrace his destiny as Spider-Man?

It works the same way for Christ followers. Following Christ and doing the right things may cost us a lot. Are we willing to persistently love God, others, and even our enemies (despite the difficulty)? Are we willing to carry our crosses?

The good news for those who do the right thing is: Ultimately, the reward will be much greater than the cost.

Matthew 16: 24-28 (ESV)

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

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What Does a Real Life Superhero Look Like?

I had the honor of witnessing two superheroes in the past week or so. One was at work, and the other at a kids soccer game.

We’ll call the first hero, Mr. Hero! (creative I know!)

Mr. Hero works in a different department than me, but we still pass by one another regularly.

One day while I was working, I couldn’t help but noticing that Mr. Hero was having a bad day. Things seemed to keep going wrong for him.

I wasn’t having a great day either, and as I was moving a cart, I knocked a whole bunch of stuff all over the floor.

Despite his own troubles, Mr. Hero rushed over and started helping me pick up. My mess wasn’t his fault. My mess made his day harder, but he never complained about it. He was just friendly and helpful.

This may not seem like a lot, but it was. From experience I know that this isn’t the normal response.

He didn’t laugh and move along. He never even teased me about it. He stopped and helped.

Mr. Hero’s kindness impacted me.

The second hero I witnessed was at my (well, technically they are my girlfriend’s) little sibling’s soccer game. As we watched the kids chase the ball, I noticed one particularly ambitious young hero.

Jr. Hero chased the ball intensely. At one point, he slid on the ground to try and get the ball. While doing this he tripped another player.

The young hero immediately halted, and checked on the other player.

“I’m sorry! Are you okay!?” his voice was full of sincerity.

Once again, a simple act of kindness.

That’s the thing about real life superheroes. They don’t do what they do for money or renown. They are like masked heroes. Their acts of kindness are hidden, and done from love.

I challenge you to join me in growing stronger. Be a superhero, not out of your own strength, not for your own glory, but to love and serve the Most High!

I’ll be praying that God’s strength fills you!

Love you guys,

-Caleb

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