Blog Post #5: Let Me End The Superhero Debate!

They are all lame!  Please don’t stop reading…

How can I say that?  I had several sets of superhero pajamas and lunch boxes as a little guy.  I watched all the cartoons through the 70’s of the Super Friends and wished I could be a fly on the wall in the Hall of Justice.  I used to lie in my bed and wonder what power I would want.  Getting bit by a radioactive spider or even getting caught in a gamma ray blast would be acceptable if you looked good in green and who doesn’t like getting new clothes when you bust out of them due to your swollen muscles.

So why am I “dissing” superheroes?

I enjoy a great fictional tale, after all that’s what genre I like to write in; but when I saw that all Superman had to do was fly “superman-fast” to reverse the spin the world and go back in time and save Lois Lane then I knew it was time to move away from those “other universes” and focus on this one.  Superhero movies make me think someone else needs to be the one to fix the problem of the day.  Too many people have the mentality that they can’t be the one to make a difference and that is not true.  What people need today is more availability than ability and more awareness than personal intellect.  Also, let’s not waste time looking for a phone booth to change into, there are very few around anymore.  If it’s time to act, then it’s time for you to be SUPER and make a difference.

I told you why I “hate” superheroes, but now I need to tell you why my super hero is better than yours.  Didn’t I say that I “hate” superheroes?  Yes!  But, look close….  The word I used has a SPACE between it; super hero not superhero.

So who is my favorite super hero?  It is my Dad.  Jim Tressel (not the coach – but I’m sure he is a super guy…) James K. Tressel is my super hero.

Just a few examples why he is my super hero:

● He loves the Lord

● He loves his wife

● He loves his family

● He provided safety and security in a home of love and discipline

● He demonstrated work ethic

● He prays for the Lord’s direction and favor

● He tries to live Christ-like with the “super power” of the Spirit of God. 

            “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.  But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Cor. 4:6-7)

My Dad has this “all-surpassing power” and he told me about it and shared the Scriptures with me.  I believe it and try to live it also.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

PS.  If your super hero is your dad, then I will smile, nod my head, and will be glad you made that choice; but I will also have to AGREE TO DISAGREE that yours is better.

Here’s to all the super hero dad’s out there – You make a difference with your life every day!


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