Dear God, I am thankful to be used again. I ask that You guide my hands and collide my heart and mind to give people a message. You made me specifically to fulfill my purpose. I do not take it for granted. Lord, allow this little light to shine, letter by letter, word by word. For anything that may be unclear, I ask that You give clarification in the right time. For your glory, Amen.
From a young age, I can remember my mother telling me, “Be a leader, not a follower.” Little did she know that she was cultivating an important principle in me. A principle that I think to be my Superpower. Each time that she told me to be a leader, I knew that it was important to her for me to be myself. There is nothing like making your parents proud and I feel the same way about making God proud. I knew that leadership was a fundamental quality to becoming my own person. More importantly, I learned that not following the crowd could be the difference between life and death. At a young age, I learned the significance of a decision. “Do you jump off the bridge, because your friends do it? Do you smoke weed, because your friends do it? Do you have sex, because your friends do it? Do you buy things, because other people like it?”
Getting caught up in following others, can eventually make you think … what about me?
So, let’s see what the Bible says about you:
Hey Siri, what does the Bible say about people pleasers? “10Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.” Galatians 1:10 makes it very plain. Within following others, you eventually lose yourself. Yet, that is not the way of Christ, Jesus was not in the business of pleasing people. He moved with one purpose in mind; He wanted people to believe in His Father. He just wanted to make His Father proud. He wanted to fulfill the purpose that He was born with. Jesus understood that He was the bridge that people would take, to be connected to His Father. This is why pleasing people and serving Christ does not mix. You cannot serve the purpose that people have for you and serve the purpose that Christ has for you too! Pick one and make sure you choose wisely.
See once you have a relationship with Christ you cannot do what everyone else does. You cannot think like everyone else thinks. You actually learn many things about who you truly are, once Christ comes into your life. You learn about your discipline, because those temptations do not go away, but the way that you handle them changes. The problems that you face do not fade, but you depend on a different source to fight them. Your old habits may still come across your mind, but you know that you have made too much progress to go back now.
Many times, this is where we get stuck and go back to being like the crowd. We accept Christ, we listen to every sermon on YouTube, we follow all the pastors on social media, and we even play worship music all day. Yet, when we go through a test of our faith; we still feel like God left us high and dry. Can I let you in on a secret? God sent the storm! He thought that we knew where our Superpowers came from.
The reason why I can enjoy being myself is, because I know whose I am. My superpower comes from supreme faith, that God will use things that are both good and bad to build me. Don’t get me wrong, I still see things and compare and maybe even wish my situation could be different. Sure, I wish I could be ripped up like some Amiri jeans, I wish I could have a perfect smile and I wish for many other things. But the one thing that I promise is, I’ll never let the things I want; discourage me from being thankful for the things that I have.
Remember what David thanked God for in Psalms 139:13-14:
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
There is not another, you, on this Earth to fulfill your purpose. So even if we do things similar, it is essential that you understand the uniqueness that you bring to the table. Your superpower is YOUR SUPERPOWER. It may be kindness, respect, nurturing, calmness, or maybe even confrontation. Serious question: How many people know that behind every nice person, is a person that will tell the waitress that their loved one food is not right in a respectful manner? Hopefully. Everything you are can be used! Just know that whatever your Superpower is, it is not meant to be compared, because then you will waste too much time comparing it and not enough time using it.
God has given me too much, to focus on the things that he has not given me, yet.
So now that you know my Superpower, what’s yours?