Captain America came to my son’s 5 year old birthday party. Okay, it really was one of my college students dressed like him, but he was perfect. He made quite the entrance by driving into our backyard
The entire party screeched to a halt. It was like in the matrix when everything STOPS, then does that crazy 3-D slo-mo.
There was no sound.
There was no movement.
Kids jaws actually dropped open.
And then, as the fact sunk in that a REAL superhero was in our midst, the kids got more and more and more excited.
He was there to conduct superhero training, and each child had to complete an obstacle course. At the end of the course, Captain America was cheering, and waiting to give each kid a high five.
They all received their own mask and a cape, and graduated from the first stage of superhero training.
I never saw what happened next coming…
Every kid felt like a million bucks. The quiet ones had confidence. The behavior-challenged kids actually… behaved. Five year olds took turns without having to be reminded, and kindness and dignity for all was the rule of the hour. Everyone was reflecting the goodness of Captain America.
After all, for a five year old, Captain America is the pinnacle of honor, valor, truth, and kindness.
These kids had MET Captain America.
He cheered for them by name.
He helped them become more like him.
Yep… that’s a hero, and he is the best.
Proverbs 27:19 says, As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
Just like the party kids reflected characteristics set by their hero, we should reflect Christ. The more we can reflect who He is, the deeper our understanding will be of Him and His Will for our lives.
So what are we are to reflect?
One way we are to reflect Christ is in His holiness.
The Bible tells us we are to be holy as God is holy.
The biblical concept of holiness is that God is bigger and beyond us, yet He chooses to reach down and interact with us. Just like Captain America did with those kids.
God is not human. He is “other than”. He is a greater being who could treat or ignore us however He so chose.
But our God, the God of the universe, chooses to be involved with us. He wants to be involved with you in your life, as deeply as you will let Him.
Our lives reflect our relationship with God. It shows how we think God sees us, and how we see ourselves through His eyes. Our relationship with God impacts how we treat others.
Or at least it should.
Today as you go about your regular day, remember we don’t serve a regular god. Our Holy God is THE God. The Creator, Sustainer, Forgiver, and Savior of the world. He is Love, Mercy, Truth, and the God of second chances.
And, you could say, he is Super.
Our God is cheering for you. He is interacting with you. He loves people, and He wants you to act like Him.