Kids have the wildest, most amazing imagination. Often times they don’t share many of the thoughts their minds process, but the times they do, I’m always amazed. Experts say a child’s imagination has the power to promote positive change. I’ve never really thought much of it outside of enjoying watching their creative story lines and creative games but after further consideration, the experts may be onto something.
On our way home from a birthday party, Kris asked everyone in the car, “If you had any super power, what would it be?” After thinking a minute (because there are lots of cool super powers to possess), I was the first to answer “Mind Control“. I told them I’d like to have the power of mind control so I could help people make better life decisions. To expound on the idea, Keith gave examples of how the power of mind control could allow me to do good in the world. If I could stop “bad” people from doing bad things and making bad choices simply by suggesting to them they are making a bad choice and should make a better one, I could effectively stop lots of bad from happening in the world. Just think if I could “mind control” Donald Trump into being a descent human being; maybe we would get something positive done in America after all. If I could tell Putin to chill because he really doesn’t want a fourth term and should give someone with an ability to lead in a fair and just way the opportunity to lead Russia, I’d be a rock star!
Kaleb said he would like to have the power to “fly” so he could save people..an admirable power indeed, and little Keith said he would like to have the power of “super smarts” so he could cure cancer. Kris said she wanted to have the power of “morphing” into any object she wanted in order to stop people from doing wrong. For example, if someone is in a store stealing candy, she’d morph into a Twix bar, scare the shit out of them and order them to stop stealing. The idea of the many different things she could “morph” into to stop crime was comical, but the concept was pretty cool all the same.
Big Keith said he didn’t wish for one particular super power, but whatever super power he did have, he wanted to use it to help people. Whether his power was stopping time, super strength, laser vision, super speed or a keen sense of hearing, he would use his powers for doing good in the world. It seemed as if the overall goal my “super” family had was the desire to help others and make the world a better place. Listening to the kids talk about how they wanted to change the world for the better was bliss wrapped in a package with a beautiful bow and my name on it. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Raising kids who have a desire…a passion to do the right thing, to encourage others to do the right thing, and to help others whenever and however they need to be helped are all admirable powers to wish for.
Luke 14:13,14 says, “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” God wants us to help those who cannot help themselves. We must be our brothers and sisters keepers because it’s how God wants us to live. It’s how we should want to live. I am intent on continuing to teach our children the importance of doing for others, especially when they can’t do for themselves. It’s just a good feeling to help, and often times, we can make an impact on peoples lives by doing the simplest of things. No matter how big or small the action, be a positive impact on the lives of everyone you meet. Through those actions, people will see God’s love, grace and mercy in you.
My little family may not be real life “Supers”. We may not have the power to fly, control minds, morph or be super geniuses (even though my kids are brilliant and have the aptitude to cure cancer one day), but we are children of God who wholeheartedly believe in loving and helping our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we will live our lives the way He wants us to live. We will do whatever we can to make this world a better place, one action at a time.
If you ask me, that’s pretty damn SUPER.