Why is it that the world of fantasy fascinates us so much? We often dream of being able to fly, having heat vision, or going around at night dressed as a giant bat. You may not be willing to admit it, but I know I have dreamt that on more than one occasion. I feel the reason we are drawn to this world is that we are looking for beings that are morally exemplary and more powerful than ourselves. We look for someone who can protect us from evil, especially when we can’t fight against it on our own.
Everyone can find a superhero they can relate to. Teenagers relate to Spider Man because he is a teenager with issues just like them. Everybody who has ever been bullied by some tough guy in a dark alley wants Batman to come and beat the guy up, then drive off with the Caped Crusader in the Bat Mobile. And who hasn’t wanted to be Superman, a man above all other men? Then there’s Wonder Woman, who both males and females can find empowering. A great storyteller can make have you enthralled with the day-to-day life of a hero. Nothing can hook a reader more than when a superhero has to deal with common issues we struggle with—drug addiction, feelings of powerlessness, loss of a loved one, or even high school drama.
Everywhere we look, we can find a superhero in our lives. One of the most influential superheroes to a lot of people is Jesus Christ. He could walk on water, heal wounds, and some would say he was even psychic. Kind of sounds like an old school X-men character. And he made the ultimate heroic sacrifice, suffering and giving up his life to ensure the possibility of salvation for every member of the human race. What more could you want in a hero? In the end, any of us could be a hero—no, a Superhero—to anyone in need.
Keep this in your heart and mind in the days ahead. Look for those opportunities when interacting. Be blessed.