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“In 1938, on the eve of the Second World War, a relatively new medium called the comic book unleashed a new kind of character into the consciousness of American youth. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and illustrator Joe Shuster, this character possessed superhuman powers and a dedication to using those powers for the benefit of humanity. Often battling and defeating evil as hyperbolic as his own goodness, his iconic name would become the source of the term for this all-American archetype, the “superhero.” In the decades since Superman‘s arrival, innumerable variations on this theme have emerged …….

The original Superman prototype possessed a key characteristic, one that his creators, first generation American sons of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, would have known something about, one that this “Man of Tomorrow” would pass on as part of his legacy to future generations of masked heroes: a secret identity. This trait would become an intractable part of the very definition of a superhero, as much a prerequisite for his mythology as extraordinary powers, or at least a flamboyant getup. ……. For Superman or Spiderman or Batman or virtually any other superhero from the prior century (save some like the X-Men) their secret identities were their most sacred possessions, the keys to their undoing, and they fought as hard to protect them as to save humanity itself.” social-creature.com

What does every dad want to be in the eyes of his family? A superhero …….. larger than life? Maybe. What is most certainly true is that most men see themselves entirely different from the man that others see. We all have a “secret identity” that only we ourselves truly know. We are intimately familiar with all aspects of that inner man and most of us, like Superman, will protect that secret identity at all costs.

Why? Because we are afraid of the consequences of being found out. We don’t want anyone to know that we are powerless when exposed to kryptonite. We don’t want to admit that we are not superheroes. We would prefer to go on pretending that we can challenge the world and conquer it with our clever intellect and prowess.

However, no amount of hiding or pretending can keep God from seeing what’s inside. He knows the deepest crevices in our foreheads and what worries created them. He knows our fears and what dangers cause us to flinch. He knows every hurt that has been covered up with a laugh so as not to appear weak.

But he also sees strength where we see weakness. He bestows wisdom to those we would consider fools. He rejects the front page images from magazine tabloids and chooses the unattractive over the attractive. He does not look at appearances but rather at the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7 (NASB)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

God is able to take the weakest of men, the most uneducated, the least attractive, the least popular and use them as key players in his kingdom. He himself directs the training of each person so that they can realize their greatest potential, fulfilling their role and becoming the best they can be.

Psalm 51:6 NASB

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.

God is not looking for super-humans …………. he is looking for super hearts.

All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com