It was the perfect costume. An authentic looking uniform, muscles, a shield, and a mask - it covered everything that the best costume needed. Or so we thought. This year, my son decided he was going to be Captain America. I was happy. It was a welcome change from his everyday commitment to the ultimate Batman fan club.
October 31st, he got fully dressed and prepared to conqueror the neighborhood. He was Kid Captain America out to protect and save the houses from Dr. Chocolate and lady Skittles.
About a quarter of the way into his candy adventure, Kid Captain America went from excitedly knocking on doors to somberly dragging from house to house. I didn’t see any kryptonite and none of the little evildoers had attacked.
“You can’t stand out and fit in at the same time.” – T.D. Jakes
My son looked at his grandmother and told her that he was done for the evening. It had been less than an hour! At the Bat Cave (Mommy’s room), we unmasked the issue.
When Kid Captain America noticed that there were several other Captain Americas on our block, he became annoyed. At first it was cool. But they started multiplying like a bad roach problem.
1 Peter 2:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
Supermom to the rescue! Mommy just so happened to have another costume for her sullen super hero. After a quick change in the secret agent room - also known as daddy’s office - Kid Captain America was now Dashiell "Dash" Robert Parr from The Incredibles. My son started smiling and running from house to house while collecting candy and high-fiving the neighbors.
It is easy to fall into a life of complacency. It is the place where we no longer strive for new accomplishments or living outside of the ordinary. Although that life can be comfortable it doesn’t produce anything. You were made to live and not just exist. God uniquely created you. Every intricate detail about you is specific to your calling and ability to make a difference.
Jeremiah 1:5 English Standard Version (ESV)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
You were created to be a superhero before you even entered the world.
Make super moves. Help someone instead of stepping over him or her, pray for the people who hurt you, go the extra mile, share with an individual in need, and be a listening ear.
This isn’t about being the line leader or boss - it is about recognizing that you need to make boss moves to be a leader.