If it’s not Ironman, it’s Spiderman.
If it’s not Spiderman, it’s Batman.
If it’s not Batman, it’s The Flash.

Who knew buying costumes on discount the day after Halloween would be my greatest idea EVER!

Superheroes

Yesterday my son wore Superman’s cape with Spiderman’s body suit with Iron man’s mask. He called himself “All Man!” and it looked ridiculous – superhero overload.

This epiphany hit me like a ton of bricks.

Cindy… this is who YOU try to be and it’s not possible.

I know I’m not the only one.

Everywhere I look I see people running ragged at lightning speed. Every single person I talk too (not an exaggeration) says how busy they are. Which is usually followed up with, “…and I don’t see it slowing down any time soon.”

Panic strike’s my heart every time I hear this.
I wrestle with this daily.
I loathe what’s trending:

Perfect marriages.
Perfect homes.
Perfect children.
Perfect bodies.
Perfect outfits.
Perfect careers.
Perfect faiths.
Perfect questions.
Perfect answers.
Perfect opinions.

Perfect everything!

And if we think this doesn’t exist in the church, we are kidding ourselves. The pace is not sustainable.

Is this what life is about?

I read 1 Corinthians 12 (The Message) and it speaks such truth and wisdom to me, yet, it doesn’t line up with what I see in my day-to-day life. And it sure ain’t what society preaches. Sadly, it also doesn’t even line up with the church.

…remember how you were when you didn’t know God… just doing it because everybody else did it?
…we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives.
…we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything.
…no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of.
…no part is important on its own.

Basically, what it’s saying is this:

  • Iron man has a powered suit of armour that helps him protect the world.
  • Spiderman has super strength, agility, and “spider-sense” which give him the ability to protect the world.
  • Batman uses intellect, detective skills, physical prowess, indomitable will, and martial arts to protect the world.

They each have a power they’re known for. But the beauty of “The Avenger’s” is found in the various characters working together – each hero using their strength to compliment one another.

If what we’re “busy” doing isn’t serving the greater purpose, then what’s it all for?

I fear our society has become so busy and focused on “everyone be everything to all people all the time”, that we have no more time left in our day’s to figure out what it is we’re good at, or what it is we were put on earth to do, never mind actually having the time to work together to accomplish anything meaningful and Kingdom minded.

It’s like we’re wearing every single superhero costume we own, all the time, to every place we go, to meet every single person in our lives, to accomplish every single ounce of achievement and success there is to attain, every day, all day, forever and for always.

Does anyone else feel panicked by this?
My heart rate is rising as I write this.

So instead of looking calm and collected, completely confident in the roles we ARE good at, we end up looking bulky, frazzled, worn out and ridiculous trying to be someone we were never meant to be, doing something we were never meant to do, living a style of life we were never meant to live: take, take, take, me, me, me, buy, buy, buy, do, do, do, achieve, accomplish, acquire.

Why are we trying to attain perfection when it’s not even possible?

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