Going Deeper with the Message:
You Are a Superhero
by: Michelle Lemley
Our society values independence. We see it as a mark of pride, a badge of honor if we do everything ourselves and people say, “How does she do it all?” I like to think that I’m juggling life well, but sometimes when I try to do it all, I just fail at a whole bunch of things.
My family is used to coming to me for everything, and I love being their go-to. I cherish that my kids think of me as a superhero with the power to kiss away their hurts and find any missing toy. But sometimes it’s too much for even Super Mom. And this is when it’s time to assemble my Parenting Pros, the team of elite guardians who can answer any question, solve any math problem, or diagnose any mysterious ailments. Sometimes this team is just there for a text or phone call, or sometimes they’re there to do it all when mom and dad need some time away. Big or small, I am learning to rely on my circle of friends and family to make sure I’m doing the best things to raise these boys up to be the men God intends them to be.
On Sunday, Pastor Tim continued our series about the relevance of the modern church. He described the church as a spiritual family which enables us to support one another in 5 important ways:
1 — developing spiritual maturity
2 — meeting physical needs
3 — receiving unconditional love and forgiveness
4 — allowing us to make a unique contribution
5 — impacting the world for Christ
Just as my family extends outside of my home, the church family includes more than just the leaders or staff who prepare services. We all have a role to play in creating our spiritual family. All who have accepted Jesus become adopted into a communal kingdom which has the power to be the church we want the church to be. We need each other to lean on. Just as a forest of trees stands stronger than a tree on it’s own, when surrounded by supporters, we can hold each other up in turbulent times. And if that forest is rooted by the stream that provides everlasting life, we have the ultimate source of strength and resilience to spread to all those around us.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 reads: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
God has designed us to work with each other and to help one another. And the third strand of that cord is the Lord himself, who strengthens our relationships and binds us more tightly to one another. It is through Him that we are able to connect with other members of our spiritual family and impact the world for Christ.
I encourage you today to become more invested in our spiritual family in one of the 5 ways that Pastor Tim outlined. Find a way to use your God-given gifts to be a Super Supporter of someone around you.