If I Were a Super Hero


Faster than a speeding bullet, the years come and go.

My little man is 3 today.

And oh how we have entered the super hero phase of boyhood! With the swirl of his cape he’s off to fight the bad guys lurking under the bed.

“Don’t worry, Momma, I get them! Suuu-per Cole!!!!”

For the past few days we’ve been gearing up for a Super Hero birthday party, so the spirit of Heroism is definitely in the air.

Sitting at the kitchen table surrounded by capes and masks and super power cuffs, my daughter asked, “Momma, if you were a super hero, what would your super power be?”

If I were a super hero? Hmmm…

I had to think about it. Choosing a super power is not a decision to take lightly.

I mean, there’s flying. X-ray vision. Being invisible. Having the strength of 100 men. Moving faster than the speed of light. Shooting webs. Nunchuck skills…

The list goes on. So many good ones…

After considering the many choices and weighing my options, I’ve come to a conclusion.

If I were a super hero my super power would be to freeze time.

Yes, indeedy. I would want the power to control time. Slow it down. Stop it. Press pause for a beat.

I realize this power isn’t glamorous or flashy. It really isn’t even a legit crime fighting tool.

But it is one this Momma’s heart would treasure.

I would use it to capture moments and protect schedules from over commitment.

I would use it to negotiate better decisions, to aid in present-tense living and ensure quality interactions.

I would do more than save the day—I would save the years.

If I could be a super hero with the power to freeze time, I would stop myself long enough to smell the roses every day. To go for a walk. To play a game and color and snuggle and tell knock-knock jokes.

That’s IF I were a super hero…

The funny thing is, my kids think I am Super Mom; that I possess powers and abilities beyond their comprehension.

Huh. I guess I do actually have the power to freeze time.

The crime is that I don’t.

So today as I watch my Little Hero whisk down the hallway to rescue the cat from the clutches of canine evil, I will use my powers for good.

I will freeze time, if only for a moment, to fly down the hallway with him. As I soar through the clouds, may my To Do list vanish into thin air.

Today I will fight for justice and time well spent.

And who knows? I may even wear a cape while I do it.


“Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.” ~ Psalm 90:12


2 responses »

  1. Reblogged this on notmyownblog and commented:

    When I wrote this, I had no idea how important this super-power would become or how desperately I would need it in the coming days. A LOT about our world changed just 8 months later. I’m so thankful the Lord granted me the ability to freeze a few of those moments in my mind and heart.❤

  2. What a cool power freezing time would be! However, my problem is quite the opposite: I think I am super human & can get 61 seconds out of every minute, I love your focus scripture, Psalm 90:12, & pray that I can learn to spend the days I am given as He would have me do, rather than as I choose. Busyness can get in the way of capturing & savoring those oh, so fleeting moments that should be embraced & cherished. Thank you for sharing, Jessie!

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