Ordinary Superheroes

Let’s face it, the world is looking for heroes. Just think of the movies and TV shows released in the last few years with names like Batman, Spiderman, Captain America, Superman, Iron Man, and The Avengers. These superheroes do extraordinary things that go above and beyond the capabilities of “normal” humans. They are usually a select few who were born that way (like Superman), or they were once ordinary people who, through some accident or another (Spiderman was bitten by a spider), gaining some sort of super power. TV and movies are also full of real-life stories of people doing extraordinary (occasionally even superhuman) things. We honor these people, and rightly so, but what about the rest of us “ordinary” people? Is our only role that of the adulate spectator? Or do we have more in us? I believe each one of us can be that “ordinary superhero” the world yearns for. God has placed seeds of greatness in everyone. These are desires, ideas, things, that when grown to fullness, might just change the world! Some of us have nurtured these things in our hearts since we were little children. Others see a great need and rise to the occasion; they have an epiphany, see what needs to be done and rally others to help. I liken this type of inspiration to the relationship between a parent and his child. It’s a parent’s job to tell their kids what to do. But what a joy when your child takes some initiative and just picks up after themselves on their own… without being told! Even better, when they decide to do it for someone else—like their sibling! KNOCK ME OVER WITH A FEATHER! I think God intends us to be co-creators with Him. It’s a two-way street. If...

Top 10-#5 Communication is important...

You are a communicator. You are different than the rest of life on earth. The plants live by cause and effect. If you put a seed in the ground and it receives nutrients from the soil, warmth from the sun and moisture from the sky, it will do what is in its DNA. Plants are involved in a give and take cycle that is about exchanging energy. Animals seem to live by instinct. They know what to do and spend their whole lives doing it: eating, pooping, sleeping (they’re really good at that one), reproducing, etc. People are different; we’re much more complex than things that live by instinct or cause and effect. We have the ability to reason, have emotions, possess freewill, are creative and communicate. I think we can do all these things because we’re made in God’s image. Communication has been around a long time; it’s right from the beginning of the bible. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God.” The word for God is actually Gods; it is plural. It presumes that God has always existed. If God consists of multiple persons that have existed forever, one has to assume they have communicated forever. You cannot have relationship without communication. God used communication to make the world; He spoke the world into existence. Jesus was called the Word. Jesus told stories and asked questions more than anything else. He was a master communicator. Good, healthy, effective, loving communication is essential for healthy relationships. When we withhold affection, say harmful words, withdraw, or even focus on what we want to say next, we are being selfish and unkind; we are not honoring the other person. Communication is about well-chosen words, how words are spoken, and what we say through glances and...

Family Ties

Poet and humanitarian Mya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

It’s Not About The Nail...

People are different. They have different communication styles. Some people are verbal processors and need to talk about their stuff. Other people don’t care to listen to verbal processors, or not very long; they feel if someone shares their problems, it is their job to help. Sometimes this happens between men and women. No wonder we have relationship difficulties. Heres an awesome short video that highlights the...

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