We’ve been given SUPERPOWERS…

We’ve been given superpowers, ask us for an autograph!  We sing, we dance, we’ll make you laugh; don’t you want to be like us?  We’ve been given Superpowers, ask about our rock and roll; our hair, our clothes, our beats, and pets; does he have a girlfriend yet? – Superpowers, Five Iron Frenzy

What’s your Superpower?

“What’s that?” you ask; you don’t have one? I’d beg to differ; just because you don’t know what it is doesn’t mean you don’t posses one.  Still confused?  That’s alright, In Return of the Jedi Princess Leia was too.  She didn’t understand her brother’s connection to the Force and that it ran in the family.  Her response is telling:  “you have a power I don’t understand and could never have…”.  Let me ask it another way:  What’s your gift?  What are your natural abilities?  Therein lies your superpower.

Flight, telepathy or telekinesis, optic beams, teleportation?  I’m not talking about those.  Healing (like Wolverine) and unnatural strength (like Superman and Colossus)?  Maybe something like it.  It may be something you haven’t discovered yet (similar to the latent activation of the mutant gene in X-MEN) and I suspect it may be something you can’t see, so others have to draw it out of you.  Maybe someone needs to heal from a situation, and you happen to be well versed at helping others through difficulty or are in the midst of a hard place at present and need the strength of someone else to pull though.  What might that strength look like?  Taking the time out of your day to check in on that person or an encouraging word to someone you don’t even know.

My superpower?  Well, let’s take a page from the Thundercats playbook and call it “Sight Beyond Sight”; the ability to see what others cannot, the connections between certain things and the potential in others.  If I were a character from Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I’d likely be Xander Harris; no obvious powers to speak of, but the ability to observe a truer state of things beyond what the world around me considers.  If I were in The Avengers or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’d be Phil Coulson – “frenimies” with death but able to see the potential in individuals and groups they themselves cannot.  Other would argue that I’ve much Tony Stark/Iron Man in me as well.  The X-MEN?  The Professor of course; often chair bound and having seen more of life than he sometimes cares to, but understanding that a perceived loss is actually a gain that enables other abilities…and sometimes I just know stuff.

The Apostle Paul often talks of spiritual “superpowers” – in Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Cor 12 – abilities granted us by the Holy Spirit to be used to help others, used to glorify Him, not to glorify ourselves.  This doesn’t apply just to spiritual gifts but natural abilities as well.  If you need an example of what happens when one uses their abilities for selfish gain or evil, just watch The Incredibles or read/watch Watchmen (the comic is better).  As Harvey Dent once remarked, “you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain”; the villain business just doesn’t sound all that appealing.  Nevertheless, the hero gig isn’t all “pony rides in may sunshine” and Jedi cloaks aren’t made of Under Armor.

What’s your superpower and how will you use it?

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Author, Speaker, and Super Nerd. Aaron Welty speaks and writes regularly connecting the dots of life, faith, and science fiction. Originally from Michigan, he now lives and works in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

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