“And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It was prepared like a bride dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Now God’s presence is with people, and he will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain, because all the old ways are gone.'” – Revelation 21: 2 – 4
“The Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And those who have died believing in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive will be gathered up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16 – 17
My kids love super heroes. So do I. And I truly believe we are born with God given superpowers. Some people’s super powers are obvious from birth. Others take, for some reason or other, lots of struggles and defeats and ultimately triumph(s) to realize and uncover. Some people call them “gifts” but how boring is that? They are “super” powers because they are from God, the ultimate Super Hero, and because they are not “normal” human abilities. My daughter’s superpowers are hugs and kisses, and recently she has added obedience (of which I am most thankful) and power, which is tough to visualize at 4 unless she has a fit. My son’s superpowers are more subtle, but he appears to have the superpowers of intuition and memory and a keen ability to ignore the messiness of his room (incredible, really). I discovered I have the superpower of strength, faith, endurance and music. Only having gone through immense distress and misery and many years of hardship did I realize my superpowers. Some were encouraged from birth (I am from a musical family) and some came later, even quite recently. What all this means is that each of us has a different superpower(s) to use to be heroes using them. God doesn’t want us to waste our powers but use them for Him and to help people. Heroes don’t like getting up at 2am to save the day, but sometimes they have to and do so because the call comes in. Heroes are aware of their surroundings and are eager to use their powers to help when they see a need. Like it or not, you are a superhero with great responsibilities to use your powers for good. And if you are knee deep in ugly life and haven’t realized your superpower(s) yet, do not worry. It will show up when you persevere and obey God and stay in communication with Him (prayer and Bible study). I am sure you have fabulous superpower(s). But beware, the bad guy already knows what yours is and is trying very hard to thwart you. But rest easy, super friend, we have a bigger Hero in charge who has already defeated that foe. Yes, we are on the good guys super hero team so we win! Yay! Go be the super hero God made you to be.
“But the Lord’s love for those who respect him continues forever and ever, and his goodness continues to their grandchildren and to those who keep his agreement and who remember to obey his orders.” – Psalm 103:17 – 18
Respect + obedience = blessings forever
“Be happy with those who are happy, and be sad with those who are sad.” – Romans 12:15
Don’t force someone into good feelings if they need to mourn. Be what they need. The Holy Spirit will help you discern this on the asking. People have reasons sometimes. Just by being there as they are, you may very well bring them joy and peace.
“I don’t care about my own life. The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me — to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.” – Acts 20:24
I believe I am officially maturing because I see things differently. I see life as a series of challenges and maneuvers, pains and triumphs, all for a purpose, all on purpose, all to do something. What is that something? To worship and serve. Who? Ourselves? Nope. God. Why not ourselves? Because we are the created. When the created individuals attempt to serve themselves, they try to force something unnatural. We serve the Creator because He created us, if for no other reason. However, there are so many other reasons, all of them distinct and perfect aspects of His nature and character. We see evidence of this in His other creations- ourselves, nature, animals, birds, spectacular dramas of volcanoes, power of oceans, vastness of galaxies and His patience in dealing with us who wish to worship ourselves. So many reasons to do what we were meant and designed to do. So many reasons exist to worship God and not us. So many battles may be unnecessary when we relent our own passions in pursuit of the passions of God. What an epic and glorious journey!