Most superheroes hide their special powers behind a façade of an alter ego. Superman masqueraded as Clark Kent and Batman as Bruce Wayne. It is an interesting commonality among comic book superheroes. Why are they represented as not wanting to be noticed or known for their super powers? Why do they keep their superpower a secret?

One of my favorite quotes is by Marianne Williamson and it states:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.”

I would define a superhero as someone who wants to influence the world in a positive way. Under that definition we can all be a superhero. Our super power is the love we choose to exhibit as we interact with our fellow human beings. This super power is the gift of love that God has given us and commanded us to share with others--love your neighbor as yourself. This is our superpower and the light we can let shine for others to see.

We can accomplish this through the words and behaviors we choose to exhibit when we come into contact with anyone, including strangers. We have all experienced times when we are on the receiving end of a caring smile, or someone letting us cut in front of them in traffic. That had the power to make us feel warm inside and cared for. We have also been on the receiving end of a bristly personality, or a negative gesture in traffic, and that had the power to make us feel angry and hurt. When looked at this way, this superpower carries with it a rather a daunting responsibility. Perhaps that is really what makes a superhero—one who has the courage to embrace how powerful they really are and making a conscious decision to use that power for good.

Dear God, I pray for the courage to leave my alter ego behind and let the light of your love shine so that others may feel your love and in it find the comfort and courage to let their own light shine. One by one may we light the world. Amen.

Kelley Evans

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