“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”
I love this quote, not only because of its simple and powerful message, but also because of who said it… Superman! (another one of my favorite superheroes! Check out my other ones here, here, here, and here!)
Who doesn’t love a good hero story? And Superman is one of them. I think it’s continued to be popular generation after generation because of one main theme:
Superman brings hope wherever he goes. He saves so many people again and again that they start to depend on him. He makes the impossible, possible!
He can’t just walk down the street past a burning building with people trapped inside and not help. He is drawn to saving people.
Why? Because it’s his calling.
It’s funny how Clark Kent is a clumsy, anxious, and self-conscious man, isn’t it? But when someone is in need, something happens.
He emerges from that telephone booth and dun dun dun dun! He’s a hero!
What’s changed? He simply put on a different garment.
I believe you and I also have a calling to bring a dazzling hope to this world. And you don’t have to be Superman (or woman); you just have to put on a different garment—a garment of praise. (Isaiah 61:3)
You see, dear friend, praise and hope go hand in hand.
There is such a spirit of heaviness in this world. It’s all over the news; it’s in the hardships of your friends and family; it’s when bad things happen to good people.
But we can choose to take off that spirit of heaviness; get in that telephone booth (or prayer closet), and change! When we emerge, we bring a hope and a life to everyone we touch. And they begin to depend on us for it.
So what does putting on this super garment look like? Here are three practical steps:
- Be a first responder. When someone you know is in need, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? “Oh someone else is probably helping.” Maybe you’re right; but what if you’re wrong, and the very solution to the problem lies in you? Don’t assume people in your sphere have the help that they need. Be the help. Even if it’s just an ear to listen. Listening is a super power!
- Draw strength from your quiet time. I know it can be exhausting to wear that garment of hope and praise all the time. In order to bring hope to others you have to recharge. Even Superman had his “Fortress of Solitude” where he would draw strength. Where is your happy place? (If you don’t have one, come join ours!) Do you have a good mentor you can talk to? Make sure you are making room to get poured into on a consistent basis. Then bringing hope to others will be a joy, not a drain.😊
- When the world gets darker, you shine brighter. It’s when there is a disaster or evil-doing that Superman’s power really shines. It’s so easy to get sucked into the woes of the world and adopt the language of complaint, but this is really a missed opportunity to bring hope to the situation! Don’t let this be your kryptonite. Praise God even when it doesn’t make sense. Praise God when everything is falling apart. Praise is one of the most powerful weapons in your arsenal. How? It changes our neural pathways! It opens up creativity, and even genius! And soon, ideas, strategies, new opportunities start to pop up before your very eyes!
Yes, praise. Your secret weapon.
Now get out there and spread some joy and hope into someone’s day today!
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… SUPER YOU!!
You’re already my superhero.
We love MannaFesting with you!