At some point or another, we have all dreamed about what it would be like to be a super hero.
To possess mind-blowing super powers that would allow us to do amazing things.
Like having the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Or utilize the power of invisibility and be the proverbial “fly on the wall.”
Please tell me that I’m not alone here.
As I donned my super-woman-in-disguise costume the other evening, I couldn’t stop thinking about how many times I’ve allowed my super powers to go unused.
You do know I have super powers, don’t you?
And guess what? You do too.
We are all super heroes in disguise. God has intentionally given each of us specific and unique gifts and talents in order that they may be used for good. The problem is that we often hoard or hold on so tightly to these valuable strengths that we miss opportunities that have been appointed for us to positively impact the lives of others.
Allowing these opportunities to pass us by robs us of potentially life-changing experiences.
We underestimate the power of sharing a simple compliment or word of encouragement with a stranger because we are afraid of what they may think of us.
We overlook the possibility of brightening someone’s less-than-sunny day with a smile because we are so distracted by our overly-packed schedules and don’t take the time to look outside the walls of our inward-focused bubbles.
We waste precious moments scrolling through our social media feeds only to look up and discover hours have passed when we could have spent that time connecting with our friends and family face to face.
We’re all busy. I get that.
But we should never find ourselves so busy that we cannot encourage, help, and bless others with the gifts we’ve been given.
Because we’ve been given these gifts in order to share them with the world.
I’m learning every day that true joy is neatly packaged in a life that is devoted to helping others live their lives to the fullest.
A funny thing happens when you make the decision to look outward and utilizing your super powers—you begin thriving as well.
So what’s your super power?
Do you have the gift of hospitality?
Fix a meal for the single mom down the street who is struggling to make ends meet.
Do you possess the gift of encouragement?
Write an uplifting note and send it to the widow who is facing difficult days.
Whatever your super power, don’t let it go to waste.
Use it to help others and it just might change your life.
When you see a need, step into the nearest phone booth and transform into the super hero you were made to be.
Now, strap on your utility belt, hop in your invisible jet (if you can find it) and go make a difference in the world.