I live in a “guy” household. My one daughter is nearly grown and rarely home anymore, so gone are the days of fairy tale princess’ and dress up with dolls and Barbie. I kind of miss those days. Now, it’s all super heroes, dirt, mud, loud and lots of discussions about bodily functions. Boys. I adore them and wouldn’t have it any other way. Yeah, they make a huge mess and are full of energy, but I adore it all.
I want my boys to grow up to be men. Not just any kind of man, but men of worth, notability, charity, integrity and chivalry. I want them to know what it truly means to be a man. That will always start, for me, with the heart. Above anything I can teach any of my children, I want to teach them the essentials of good character. For all the other things, the education of the mind will always fall subject to the education of their hearts. How do you teach young boys to care about the contents of their heart?
I think children learn best by example of course, but I also believe that it has to be presented in a way that they can relate to and adapt into their thinking and their life. I must impact their heart and mind if I want to make a lasting impression on their character.
My boys love all the super hero comics that have now been made into movies. They love the Avengers. Right now they are counting down to the release of the next Captain America movie as my eldest boy wants to see it for his birthday coming up next month. It’s so fun to sit and talk about the adventures of the Avengers with them! All the talk reminds me of when the first Captain America movie came out. I enjoyed the film just as they (movies are so much more fun to watch with children, don’t you think), but after I recognized and took advantage of the incredible opportunity I had to present to them the importance of being great for God and how the heart is what counts most.
If you didn’t see the movie…the main character is a man of no special appearance or physical ability. In fact, he had many health problems and limitations. He was considered weak by the military standards and was rejected over and over. He was picked on a lot and beat up even more. But he had courage. He was brave. He was hungry with desire to serve. He never quit or gave up on the idea of serving his country. He goes on to be discovered by a scientist to transforms him physically through scientific experimentation to become super human. All questioned the scientists selection, but he refuted over and over that he knew what he was doing. As the movie goes on we learn that it was the main characters heart that drew the scientist to him, not his exterior ability. The scientist knew that once blessed with strength, size, speed, fame and notoriety the man was in danger of changing. The worth of his true self, his heart, is what was going to make the difference between whether he would be a man who did super things for others or a man who only did super things for himself.
I was able to use this analogy to teach my boys that they can do anything they set their heart to. That God had wired each of them with destiny and purpose, but in order to most fully walk in destiny and the power of the Holy Spirit they would need to stay true to the purity of their heart. My boys were like little sponges and they soaked it all in and asked me very good questions about being super for Jesus. I loved every moment and went to bed that evening with my heart full of gratitude to my King for my tiny treasures.
“And there he goes, a Hero, a Savior to the world
Here he stands with scars in His hands
With love he gave his life so we could be free
The Savior of the world…
…The Savior of the world.”
You too can be a Mighty Super Hero for God. He has equipped you. Wired you. Prepared you. Groomed you for your destiny. We can all be God’s Super Heroes. Keep in mind, not the kind of super hero that is a man or woman who is a "super star". Quite the contrary, men and women whose greatest bragging right is their connection and redemption by a God who is pretty super. I love it. Stuff like this is what makes my heart sing.
You are PACKED with extraordinary potential that is essential to the building to the kingdom of God. Our children need to know how powerful they really are. So many search out witchcraft looking for power and control in their lives…but this power leaves them empty and without peace. God’s freeing power and ability leaves us powerful and this power is laced with Grace and Liberty and above all else Peace that frees us to be who we are created to be.
Believe all of this for yourself, then pass it on to your children (if you have them). The power to over come is available to everyone.