It’s a bird…Its a plane!

Posted: 23 April, 2007 in My thoughts

“All men think of themselves as some kind of low level superheros in their own world. When men are growing up and they’re reading about Batman, Spiderman, Superman,.. these aren’t fantasizes. These are OPTIONS!”
Jerry Seinfeld

The truth is, that we all need heros – whether you are concious about it or not, you have someone, or probably a few people who you admire and look up to and want to imitate. Whilst, as Christians, our ultimate rolemodel is the Lord Jesus, we do have others who we would like to become like as we grow older. They inspire us, and give us something to work towards. The danger with this is that, as we know, people aren’t perfect, and it’s often very disappointing when a hero makes a mistake, proving that they’re still only human. Fortunately, I think that as we grow up, we become more mature in our understanding of human depravity, and we are able to deal with our heros making mistakes. When I was younger, I used to look up to guys my age and want to be like them. I used to think that they were just the best – the epitome of “cool”. This memory brings to mind another plausible reason for this maturity: believe it or not, we ourselves are starting to learn what it is like to be someone’s hero. Chances are, there’s some little kid out there, who thinks that you can’t do wrong! The wheel has turned, whether you are aware of it or not, someone is looking up to you.

Mat 18:6 “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Like it, or not – this does place a rather large responsibilty on you. You’re actions no longer affect just you. You could be setting a major stumbling block in the way of someone else. I dont think that its a stretch to assume that the opposite is also true. What you do in your position as Batman, Bubbles or Neo can cause major harm and condemnation, but you can also use your superhero status to help set a godly standard for younger kids, which I’m sure can only follow with blessings!

I’ve seen a quote used by Jessica I think – “We are the ones we have been waiting for” Thats true – we can indeed be the rolemodels we would have liked to have as younger kids.

Pray about your role as a teen, especially in a young church like BBC – its our turn to grow up and set the pace for people younger than us. I am of the opinion that in many respects, we (those of you my age) are in the best years of our lives. We can interact with kids in many ways that adults and even parents can’t – our age is unique!

You really do have more influence as a christian teen than you think – how will you use it?

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments
  1. Caleb Gage says:

    Seinfeld? I like it 🙂

  2. Beth says:

    Yeah- this is especially true for we older siblings I think. The younger ones watch everything we do, and since they live with us, they see us at our worst!

    Quoting Seinfeld now, are we 🙂

  3. dude says:

    no its superman

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