Super Hero

I love this picture. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of another superhero I know.

My grandson, a superhero in training, recently had a collision with reality.
While jumping off of his rocking chair attempting a flip ninja turtle style, reality in the form of a coffee table got in the way.
There was a moment of panic, accompanied by blood and tears.
After we confirmed there were no serious injuries, I told my little guy,
” It doesn’t work the same for you as it does with Ninja Turtles”.
I don’t think he believed me.
His unasked question “they can do it why can’t I?”
Why not indeed..

My first reaction to prevent future collisions was “we should have been more aware” – a three year old can get into trouble amazingly fast and then implementing preventive measures. “No more jumping around, or flips, or anything that could hurt you,” which would effectively eliminate in his view, anything fun.

As adults we know  jumping off of rocking chairs, roofs, or any number of other  risky actions will most likely have a bad ending. But some of us, like  my grandson, regardless of the consequences want to be  superheroes .
Maybe its the cool outfits, the superpowers, the ability to save the day, making difficult things look easy.
Maybe it is because deep down inside we have  the desire to do something extraordinary –  make a difference.
And, as my grandson would probably tell you, playing it safe does not come with that territory.
Sometimes the bumps, bruises, and unexpected collisions are  necessary and unavoidable part of the training.

Superheroes in the real world have some things in common  with my grandson: they are willing to do the things that many would view as unsafe, willing to go where others would not go, willing to take a chance and see what happens.
And superheroes do not let past failures affect their enthusiasm for future adventures.
Did I mention that not long after his collision, my grandson was jumping off the steps of our porch, turning flips, and running full speed ahead like nothing ever happened.
Going forward we will be more aware, discourage things that will certainly end in disaster, but I won’t quench his spirit, or desire for adventure.
We need more superheroes in this world. Maybe that’s his calling.
It might be yours.


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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