We are no Superman, but…

Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.

 
      ~James E. Starrs
 
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
 
~ Philippians 2:5-8
 
     Clark Kent was more than just a mild mannered reporter.  He was from the planet Krypton.  He was sent, by his father and mother to escape the planet’s pending explosion. He landed in Kansas and was adopted by a childless couple.  Clark quickly learned that he had to limit the use of his super powers to fit in on the planet earth.   This worked well until he found that he could save people he loved if he was low-key about his identity and took on the super identity of Superman.  Once he fell in love, he not only fought crime, but he rescued Lois Lane on a regular basis.  
     Jesus was born of an earthly couple and after a certain point, never concealed who he was.  He waited until a wedding to reveal a taste of his capabilities, and that grew until he was crucified.  He knew who he was.  He literally did not lord it over the others, Jesus showed them the path, the way to pass through this life, knowing all that we face because he too faced it all.
     Clark Kent could not show the way other than to live a good life to keep his identity concealed.  He too had “heavenly” parents and earthly ones, but he did not arrive in the usual way and could not go home.
 
     We are no superhumans, but we do have a way to live in Christ and live victoriously without saying a word, or by saying the right words at the right time.  Our actions speak, and our words are often lost if they do not match.  Today, if you ride your bike, and find yourself singing, do not be surprised, you are literally churning out endorphins.  Move forward in Jesus Christ, in who you live and move and have your being.
     Because of Him,
      Linda
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