A couple of years ago, we took a family picture with each of us dressed in t-shirts depicting our favorite super heroes. At the time, I did not have one, so I opted to be Mrs. Captain America to match my husband. Since each family member had a specific hero to represent them and I did not, the kids dubbed me as Wonder Woman. It seemed appropriate as I often wonder where I left my keys, where my money went, where I put my purse… you get the picture.
For Christmas that year, one of my children gifted me with a set of Wonder Woman bracelets. Each was colored differently to represent attributes such as wisdom, strength, and power. I had begun Bible journaling about that same time and quickly found scriptures to correspond with each virtue. A few months later, during a study of the armor of God, I realized that Wonder Woman even wears each of the pieces of armor described in Ephesians 6: the helmet (ok, it’s a tiara) of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, the belt (lasso) of truth, shoes (boots) of peace, the sword of the Spirit, and the shield of faith. The character of Wonder Woman took on a new meaning to me; she is who we’re called to be in the spiritual realm. (For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 ESV)
When the Wonder Woman movie was released to the big screen a couple of weeks ago, my children insisted on taking me to see it. Often times when I anticipate a movie, I am usually left wondering what all the hype was about it. That was not the case with Wonder Woman. From beginning to end, I was amazed at how much of the story of salvation was weaved into the movie. Themes of mercy and grace were portrayed throughout the film. The biggest takeaway, however, was that whether humans deserve kindness and forgiveness, love conquers all. Wonder Woman is motivated by compassion and love. She doesn’t fight out of fear or obligation; she does so because she believes she can make a positive difference in the world. She fights because she believes in love. (Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 ESV)
I left the theater feeling empowered and inspired, but those feelings will not accomplish anything without being matched by action. While we want to cause positive change, we wonder what we can do as individuals to truly make a difference. Mother Teresa beautifully answers that question in this quote, “Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love.” (A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34,35 ESV)
Have a blessed week, y’all.