We all admire superheroes and as children we may have even pretended to be one. Today I want to talk about Mother’s as Superheroes. A good mom is someone we should admire and want to be like.
Text Illustration: A little girl asked her mother, “Mommy, why do you cut the ends off the meat before you cook it?” The girl’s mother told her that she thought it added to the flavor by allowing the meat to better absorb the spices, but perhaps she should ask her grandmother since she always did it that way. So the little girl finds her grandmother and asks, “Grandma, why do you and Mommy cut the ends of the meat off before you cook it?” Her grandmother thought a moment and answered, “I think it allows the meat to stay tender because it soaks up the juices better, but why don’t you ask your Nana, after all, I learned from her and she always did it that way.” The little girl is getting a little frustrated, but climbs up in her great-grandmother’s lap and asks, “Nana, why do you cut the ends off the meat before you cook it?” Nana answered, “I don’t know why these women do it, I did it because my pot wasn’t big enough.”
Per Wikipedia: Superhero characters display the following traits:
- Extraordinary powers or abilities. Superhero powers vary widely; superhuman strength, the ability to fly, enhanced senses, and the projection of energy bolts are all common. Some characters like Batman, Mockingbird, the Phantom and the Question possess no superhuman powers but have mastered skills such as martial arts, espionage techniques, and applied or forensic sciences to a highly remarkable degree. Others rely on fantastical weapons or technology, such as Iron Man‘s powered armor suits, Green Lantern’s power ring, and trick arrows employed by Green Arrow and Hawkeye, some have acquired their abilities from cosmic rays such as the Fantastic Four.
I’ve been known to be faster than a speeding bullet when one of my children has fallen and gotten hurt. I’ve used the eyes in the back of my head quite a few times and I use my mind reading powers when needed. I’ve had adrenaline kick in when I needed to get into somewhere to get to my child where I had strength that I ordinarily wouldn’t have. God has opened my eyes or given me dreams to show me things that I might not have seen otherwise.
Ephesians 3:20 – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me
2 Samuel 22:33 – God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect
Isaiah 40:29 – He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength.
God’s Holy Spirit should be a Supermom’s Power Source
- A strong moral code, including a willingness to risk one’s own safety in the service of good without expectation of reward.
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do or give for my children, right down to giving my own life if ever needed, to protect them. It is my duty as a mom to protect, to guide and to teach my children. One of the best things I can give or teach my children is how to live a morally good sound life. I use every opportunity to teach my children. Children are born into this world completely innocent, they haven’t learned what is right and what is wrong. It is a parent’s job to teach them.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Deuteronomy 6:7 – You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
The Bible should be a Supermom’s moral code
- A motivation, such as a sense of responsibility (e.g. Spider-Man), a formal calling (e.g. Wonder Woman), a childhood trauma or personal vendetta against criminals (e.g. Batman), or a strong belief in justice and humanitarian service (e.g. Superman).
Motherhood is a calling, in the highest form, although jobs, laundry, lawns, cooking, cleaning and homework sometimes makes it feel like much less. We can become weary. Some nights I’m so exhausted, I find myself telling my kids, mama just needs to lie down, as I put them to bed, instead of going the extra mile to do a devotion or pray with them. God always provides me the strength I need to get up and do it all over again the next day. Let us stay motivated in rearing our children. Not just in getting through the day, but in not taking our responsibility, as a mother, lightly.
Colossians 3:23 – And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men
2 Timothy 1:9 – Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began
Isaiah 40:28-31 -Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
God’s spirit and word will motivate Supermoms so we in turn can motivate our children
- A secret identity that protects the superhero’s friends and family from becoming targets of his or her enemies, such as Clark Kent (Superman), although many superheroes have a confidant (usually a friend or relative who has been sworn to secrecy). However, there are also rare ones whose true identities are common public knowledge, even with a costumed identity (e.g. Iron Man and Captain America).
On the outside, I may seem like a sweet, calm, reserved lady, but let someone mistreat or talk bad about one of my children, and a side of me comes out that you don’t want to see. Strong, Bold, Fierce these are the things we here about a mama bear defending her cub and this is how it should be in my opinion. Though, I know there are times as our children grow older we must step back a little and let them handle things on their own, mama bear is still hidden in the bushes waiting to devour, should she need to. It is our job as mother’s to protect our children as best we can even if that means making them mad at us sometimes. It is also our job to teach our children the things that they should fear or that could cause them harm, whether now or in the long run.
Psalms 78:42 – The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him
Jeremiah 6:25 – Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the sword of the enemy and fear is on every side.
1 Peter 2:9 – But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into the marvelous light
1 Corinthians 12:27 – Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular
Supermom’s true identity should be in Christ
- A distinctive costume, often used to conceal the secret identity of the superhero
Though I have this really cool t-shirt that declares me as Supermom, my costume usually consists of casual attire with my hair pulled into a ponytail because I’m always hot from fighting crime.
The bible tells us that we should wear the full armor of God, as Christians, in order to be our best and take a stand against the devil’s schemes to harm us or our children.
Eph 6:10-17 (NIV) …Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Supermom should be clothed with the full armor of God
- Intelligence or Knowledge: A superhero needs to be intelligent enough to figure out the bad guys’ plan, their ulterior motives, to be able to beat them at their own game and sometimes get out of seemingly impossible situations.
Deuteronomy 1:39 – Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.
2 Chronicles 1:10 – Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that are great?
2 Chronicles 1:11 – And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou may judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:
2 Chronicles 1:12 – Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honor, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
Supermom should be equipped with knowledge from God’s word as well as from the Holy Spirit
- A supporting cast of recurring characters, including the hero’s friends, co-workers and/or love interests, who may or may not know of the superhero’s secret identity. Often the hero’s personal relationships are complicated by this dual life, a common theme in Batman, Spider-Man and Superman stories in particular.
A child is not only influenced by their mom but by the company that she keeps. Our friends, family members, and church family all take part in influencing our children. There are times when we as a mama just need some support or maybe someone to help us pray. We must have a support group of people that love us and want to see our children prosper. My best friend and I call our weekly lunch dates our therapy session. We have shared stories and advice and prayers for one another’s children over the years. I have come before this church on several occasions asking prayer for my children. Sometimes our children can “hear” what someone else has to say better than they “hear” us, especially in those pre-teen and teenage years. Hence the old saying “It takes a tribe to raise a child”
Acts 27:3 – And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.
Proverbs 17:17 – A friend loves at all times
Proverbs 27:9 – Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel
Supermom needs a supporting cast of Christian friends
- Tenacity and Endurance to fight the enemies that he/she fights repeatedly. In some cases superheroes begin by fighting run-of-the-mill criminals before supervillains surface in their respective story lines.
Sometimes as mom’s we have to tell our kids the same thing over and over and over. So much so that I sound like a broken record. I have to teach the same lessons day after day. Don’t fight with your brother, get off those electronics and play outside. These are the “run of the mill” criminals we must fight when our children are young. Then the supervillains start coming, peer pressure, low self-esteem, the worlds view of what is right that is completely against God’s view. There will surely be trials and tribulations along the way, in bringing up our children. We won’t always see eye to eye with our children or with our parents for that matter. We must keep enduring, keep repeating, keep pounding what’s right, what’s good to our children.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 – But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing
Hebrews 10:36 – For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
James 5:11 – Behold, we count them happy which endure
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose
As Supermoms we must persevere and endure all this life throws at us for the sakes of our children.
- Independent wealth (e.g. Batman‘s family fortune, the X-Men‘s patron Professor X, Iron Man‘s father’s weapon and technology company) or an occupation that allows for minimal supervision (e.g. Spider-Man’s civilian job as a freelance photographer).
I am a child of the King, therefore everything I need is at my fingertips. There is no greater wealth than that of knowing Christ. He supplies all our needs. When we aren’t sure how we are going to make ends meet, he makes away, sends provisions, brings us a raise, and impresses it on someone’s heart to help us.
Romans 8:17 – And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ
Psalms 112:3 – Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endures forever.
As a Supermom we must know where to turn for our resources.
- A backstory that explains the circumstances by which the character acquired his or her abilities as well as his or her motivation for becoming a superhero.
Maybe you always wanted to be a mama, like myself. It’s what I love more than life. And then one year while searching out God’s will for me I was compelled to become a mom to more children than just the ones I gave birth to. I felt a calling.
Maybe you had to take fertility drugs and work very hard to become a mom.
Maybe you wanted to become a mom but couldn’t conceive, but God has placed all these children around you that you could be influencing.
Maybe you never really wanted to become a mom, but became a mom by accident, and are now loving every minute of it.
Maybe you are a mom who just can’t seem to get it right no matter how hard you try. Maybe you just haven’t tried Jesus.
Genesis 3:20 – Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
2 Kings 4:30 – But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.
Psalm 127:3 – Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord
Psalm 139:13-16 – For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Whatever your “Supermom” story; God has blessed us with our children, with being mothers.
God has provided us with power and ability by sending his Holy Spirit. He has given us a moral code to go by called the Bible. He has given us an identity in Christ and told us how to clothe ourselves with righteousness and the full armor of Christ so we can persevere and endure the race. He provides us with encouragement and motivation and a supporting cast to make our roles easier as a mom. And God has provided the resources and knowledge we need to be a Supermom. We don’t have to be perfect to be a Supermom, we just have to be willing to be used.
My question to you: Are you a hero, moms, grandmas, ladies? Are you someone that a child would want to be like? Do you display the traits we talked about today? Not all people do. In a world where our children are pulled in so many different directions by so many different versions of what is right, it is more important now than ever that we put on our capes and fight for our family.