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Superhero Self Confidence

Since I was a little kid I’ve always been fascinated by superheroes. Long before the days of computer games and cell phones I could play an entire Saturday afternoon with my Superman, Spiderman and Batman action figures. It was greatness. Without being too analytical, I think my fascination with superheroes had something to do with the fact how they could carry on everyday life in the modern world yet contain this superhero ability. Whether it was news reporter nerd Clark Kent, would-be newspaper photographer Peter Parker or millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, they all had to live and face life like everyone else. Take Bruce Wayne for example. Though he had a lot of money, Bruce continually stayed out of the limelight so as not to gather attention to himself. Peter Parker was content with knowing he could never please his boss no matter how hard he tried. Then there was my favorite, Clark Kent. He was so passive and introverted that he was always overlooked, having never achieving any status as a reporter for the Daily Planet. At any time the three of these superheroes could have played on their abilities and strengths as ordinary citizens and showed the world who they really were…but they didn’t. Instead they kept their powers to themselves until someone was in need. That’s when it got cool!

Think about it. It didn’t matter to Bruce, Peter or Clark what people said or thought about them because they knew who they really were. Sure the characters and storylines may be fictitious, but the element of truth remains the same; self confidence brings about contentment. When you know who you are, you no longer have to work at proving it. You don’t have spend your life trying to get noticed or run the never ending gerbil wheel of pleasing everybody. There’s no one that you need to step on when you’re self confident, and the self confident find they can make it without faking it. This thing called self confidence gives you an incredible power to be able to live life from the inside out. Why? Because it brings about contentment. 

It reminds me of the story of Moses in the wilderness, leading the children of Israel to their Promised Land. After their miraculous deliverance from Egypt and God’s continual supernatural provision through the desert, Moses realized he was leading a lot of doubters, whiners and complainers who were continually making God angry. The people were constantly second guessing Moses and his ability to lead to the point Moses did some straight shooting with God and ended up unloading on Him. 

Exodus 33:12-13
Then Moses said to the Lord, "See, You say to me, 'Bring up this people.' But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, 'I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.' 13 Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people."

Here Moses makes 3 statements:

  1. I have an instruction but you haven’t told me how to get there.
  2. You tell me I’m favored but you won’t tell me what you’re up to.
  3. These people are your problem, not mine. 

And this is God’s response to Moses:

Exodus 33:14
And He said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." 

Interesting response isn’t it? God summed it all up by going after the heart of the matter. The fact is, Moses was struggling with what the people said and thought. He was struggling with how things looked and how long it was taking to get to where they needed to be. In reality, he was struggling within himself. Have you ever been there? Yet in one fail swoop, God answers it all by telling Moses that He is with him – and that having God with him would bring him the rest, or assurance that he needed, straight across the board. In other words, knowing that God’s Presence is with us carries with it an incredible amount of self confidence – to the level of superhero. Self confidence is what is needed to produce within us that level of contentment, or rest we need, in order to face everything that life throws our way. As simple as it sounds, it’s knowing that God is with us. It’s knowing that when we’re in need all we have to do is ask. It’s knowing that He will answer. It’s knowing He’s going to walk us out of any desert we face, step by step. It’s knowing that no matter what is said of us and no matter what the situation, He’s in this to win this, with us. It’s His way of promising us that it will produce in us an incredible level of self confidence. The kind of self confidence we need to start enjoying the journey again. The self confidence we need to rest.

Pastor and Superhero Shian

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