Got Superpowers?

wonder woman

I’ve been ruminating on the concept of  superpowers for a while now.  I’m not talking about nation states considered to be the mightiest of them all, but the human traits that can produce miraculous changes in people’s lives.

This week (it had to be the week when I planned to write on superpowers!!) some bloggers were taking part in a meme in which they described the ten superpowers they wished they had.  Some of the answers were funny (a magic cleaning wand, being able to find lost items immediately), others made me wish those superpowers truly were available (ability to clone myself and to put time on pause).  

Meanwhile, over at Superhero Nation, you can read a full list of the “known superpowers.”  Beside generic physical superpowers, did you know that there are categories such as biological control (shape-shifting), manipulation of elements, psychic strengths (telekinesis and telepathy), forms of transportation (wall-climbing, exceptional leaping), and feats of mental strength?   Yeah, neither did I.   :-D

And let’s not forget how Hollywood feeds our imagination with superheroes like Iron Man, Superman, Spiderman, and Batman.  Ironic that they’re almost always men, eh?  These larger-than-life personas avert disasters and rescue the perishing at the 11th hour.  Good trumps evil, and the world returns to an uneasy peace… until the next, more hellish villain appears.

But I’m thinking more about regular superheroes you might mingle with daily or meet on the street, who use their superpowers in more unobtrusive, less in-your-face ways.  Nonheroes who turn the world around with their superpowers.

The gold standard for such superpowers, I believe, is found in Galatians 5:22-23:

Unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

The Bible refers to them as the “fruit of the Spirit,” but I see them as supernatural, superpowerful traits that can change the course of history.   When we use these superpowers, what’s meant for evil is turned to good.  What’s right triumphs over evil and sin.  God gets the glory and He delivers the benefits to His kids.

But have you realized many of that these superpowers are in short supply?  And do you recognize that perhaps there’s a tenth fruit that should be added to the list, due to its scarcity:  common sense?   ;-)

I’d like to add to the fruit of the Spirit, if I may, nine other superpowers that I believe can bless, heal, and restore fullness of life to all who encounter them:

  • Prayer
  • Resilience
  • Flexibility
  • Tolerance
  • Empathy–not pity
  • Compassion
  • Wisdom
  • Encouragement
  • Praise

I’m keen to know what you’re doing with your superpowers.  Yes, you!  You’ve got at least one superpower, if not a dozen, in your arsenal.  If you don’t use them, you’ll lose them!  

Got superpowers?  Tell me which is your greatest superpower and how you’re using it to bless others.


Comments

  1. Hi Ali! I love your list, it’s really something to ponder. I think I am empathetic, and it flowed nicely into my nursing career. People don’t need pity, they can usually cover that all by themselves. But a listening ear that cares…that’s precious.

    I think I could work on tolerance. Both for myself and for others…like I said, a lot to ponder!
    Nice to see you again :)
    Ceil
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  2. Oh, Alison!! You made me tear up with this “You’ve got at least one superpower, if not a dozen, in your arsenal.” We do. We do have them. You know it would be cool to be invisible or be strong enough to bend steel, but those superpowers to help and inspire people, to make a difference in their lives in very quiet ways, those *are* the real superpowers at work. This was *exactly* what I needed to read today. GREAT POST!! –Lisa
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  3. I LOVE this. I used to say that if I had a superhero power, it would be empathy. I even wrote a post called “The Empath” about it once before. I feel things so strongly and in a superhero movie, I’d use that to heal the world. Or something!
    I wonder if patience is a superhero power. I don’t seem to have it very well.
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    • I think you definitely have empathy as a superpower, Tamara! That’s your healing balm. I can see it in your writing and your photography.

      I think our patience gift waxes and wanes. Traffic is a sure test of its status for me! LOL
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  4. Kita Bryant says:

    I think my greatest superpower is action. I don’t sit around and wait for things I take action. It’s a word one of my clients described me being she said she has never seen someone get up and take action and do things in a timely manner.
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    • In a world of procrastination, that truly is a superpower, Kita. So much momentum is lost (as well as well-intentioned ideas!) because people won’t get up off their duff and DO something!

  5. With all of these superwomen; moms, business women, etc. resilience is a trait that needs to be developed in my opinion. I love all of these, but that one stood out to me.
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  6. Patience is a virtue I find myself in need of cultivating. However, when my children were small my super power was “the stinkers”…I still have to break it out every once in awhile, but always for good.

  7. I love the thought of the fruits of the spirits being superpowers. So true!!! I’m choosing JOY as my superpower because my word for the year is joy, but I think I’d also choose flexibility. I’m good with rolling with the changes. :)
    Happy Friday sweet friend.
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  8. As always I love your thoughtful response! You’re right, we all do have superpowers if we seek them out within ourselves!
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  9. Hmm – I don’t know what my greatest superpower is. Sometimes it’s resilience, sometimes it’s loyalty, sometimes it’s compassion. I suppose my powers are always evolving.
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  10. Oh how great this list is Alison. We often wish for things and forget just what all we available to use right here in and now. My younger sister always says I have wisdom. So perhaps that’s my super power. You’ve given me much food for thought. Just maybe I”m wonderwoman after all…lol.
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  11. Compassion is *it* Alison. I mean, I love every last one of those super powers you list, but I know when I can put myself in someone else’s shows, especially after I feel “wronged” by them, the anger dissipates. I am more understanding and in turn more tolerant. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.

  12. I am a strong believer in prayer and kindness. I have never thought of some of these things as superpowers, but in fact, they are. If more people had these, the world would be a better place. So happy to have read your post today.
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  13. LOVE this Ali!! You’re so right, if we turned on these God-given superpowers, how much better would this world be. You’ve stoked in me the want to be a better believer and reflect my Savior in everything I do…my actions, my speech, my deeds… Thanks for this great reminder my friend! xoxo
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  14. My superpower would be invisibility, for SO many reasons! Inspiring post! <3 http://www.sweetanddownlow.com #SITSblogging
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  15. Great post! I’d have to say mine is probably resilience. Even my kids know the meaning of it (described in an age appropriate way) – feet planted firmly in the ground (God) and swaying in the winds and storms (difficulties in life).
    Thanks for sharing this post.
    Cheers,
    Char
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  16. Mine would probably be a combination of empathy and compassion because of my merciful and encouraging spiritual gifts.
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  17. UGH. I need to work on being FLEXIBLE. I’m just so darn stubborn. :-)
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  18. Great post! And you’re so dead on here…. I’d like to think my super power is making people laugh and relieving tension. ;) I’m pretty handy with knowing the balance of when it’s appropriate and not so much.

  19. Angela @ The Southern Fried Bride says:

    February is here and I am looking forward to celebrating my first Valentine’s Day as a Mrs.! Here is an easy cookie recipe to make for someone special in your life with one of my favorite February ingredients: cherries. I baked these for my husband and they have his Seal of Approval!

    “Southern Fried Bride’s White Chocolate Cherry Cookies”

    1 stick unsalted butter, softened
    2/3 cup sugar
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    1 large egg
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup dried cherries
    1/2 cup white chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper. In large bowl, cream butter, sugar and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to creamed mixture. Stir in dried cherries and white chocolate chips. Place by rounded tablespoonful onto baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges start to brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies onto wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

  20. Yes, now those really are superpowers! Thanks for the reminder of what it is that really makes us incredible. #SITSblogging
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  21. Angela @ The Southern Fried Bride says:

    I am so happy to have come across your blog through SITS. Thank you for your inspiration.

    #SITSblogging
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  22. I really like this post make me think how I need to work on some of my superpowers, thank you so much you have a nice blog!
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  23. I haven’t run across many blogs like yours since I’m a foodie but I’m glad we connected thru SITS. Great and thoughtful post!
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  24. So true–my super power is the Holy Spirit. Without Him, I am nothing. Found you via SITS!!
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  25. Thank you for a lovely, inspirational post x #SITS

  26. There was a show I liked that got canceled after one or two seasons. I already forgot the name of it but the whole family had super powers. The mom could move in fast motion and because she burned so many calories doing so she got to eat a lot of snacks. Wouldn’t THAT be fun!

    I’d like to think my super power is encouragement, I only dish it out when someone ask for it though – I am far from being a motivational speaker or anything like that. I could use some tolerance, but I do have empathy and compassion for others.
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    • I think encouragement is my superpower, too, Kenya. I find I morph into Ms. Encouragement at the drop of a hat, but I can’t help myself. I’m just wired that way! And I remember the show you’re talking about. It was pretty cool. Lord knows I need that mom’s superpower! LOL

  27. This is a great post, Ali! It really got me to thinking about “superpowers” I have that I’m not using to my best ability. I am compassionate and encouraging, but I could be and do so much more. You’ve inspired me to sit down and write a list of superpowers I would like to embody and ways in which I could use these superpowers to serve God.
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  28. Its true! You HAVE to use the superpower daily or else, it might slip into oblivion :) I think I might have one super power and that might be time management. Sometimes that superpower doesn’t work but most of the time it does :) Now you have got me all inspired to write a super power type post!
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    • I’m going to hold you to the promise to write that post, Nellie. I just know you’d do a marvelous job with it. And time management is a uber-powerful superpower. Imagine the difference it’s made in your family’s life, much more your own!

  29. FAITH. I would like to have the super power of faith because when I feel close to God I am so much more capable of surviving the tough times. I have lost that closeness lately and have been trying to remind myself that when I feel like God isn’t talking to me it usually means I have stopped listening but even that is not helping right now. I need the power of faith.
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    • I’ll be praying for that faith superpower to be resurrected, Ann. It’s there; you really have to press in with all you’ve got to activate it.

  30. The gift of discernment. #SITSBlogging

  31. I love your list of superpowers, if we all had them our world would be a much better place! Stopping by from #SITSBlogging.

  32. I once saw the cutest quote by a mom that said “My super power is that I can grow babies, what’s yours?” LOL. I honestly think it is something else to be able to do that and be a wife and mom. It can be so difficult to do that in our day and age, especially in the way God calls us to? Lord, it’s like the total opposite of what is going on around us….so much vying for your attention to not keep you focused on the most important which is your family. Thank God for the Holy Spirit! :)
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    • Indeed, Brittnei! The Spirit is who sustains us in all the competing interests around us. Being a wife and mom IS a high calling, and it takes the supernatural power endowed by God to be successful at it.

  33. I wish self control was my super power! Wish that covered cookies, my temper, shopping….I need to work on getting that power DOWN!
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