Who is Your Favorite Superhero?

Marian Browning, Elementary Intern at Casa Linda

This is my second summer as an intern with Project Transformation. Last year, I was an Elementary Intern at Casa Linda United Methodist Church and I am beyond thrilled to return to Casa Linda this summer. Last year, I realized that over the course of the summer you come across special moments with the kids that you work with. Of course, this summer is no different. In fact, last week, I had a very meaningful conversation with a little 7-year-old boy.

Last week was “Superhero Week” and during the week we talked about what characteristics make up a superhero, both fictional and real life superheroes. I asked many of the kids who their favorite superheroes were.  As you may imagine, I heard many responses like “Batman”, “Superman”, “Spiderman”, “Catwoman” and the list goes on and on.  On Thursday morning though, I asked this little boy who was wearing a Spiderman and Iron Man shirt, “Who is your favorite superhero?”  He immediately responded, “Spiderman!” but, before I could ask why, he stopped me and said, “No, wait! God! My favorite superhero is God!”

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Though the conversation was short, that moment meant so much. I realized that this boy wasn’t just trying to give the “God answer” to my question. He had truly realized that while Spiderman is great, God is his real superhero. When working with kids, it’s easy to get caught up in trying to make everything go perfectly each day. Sometimes, we miss these beautiful moments. You may not think that what you are teaching your kids has made an impact, but moments like these prove that it is making a huge impact. Each day, a child is making new and amazing discoveries.  Sometimes, all we have to do is stop and listen and we will find ourselves stumbling upon these special moments. Project Transformation is a place where kids discover new things every day and on Thursday, this 7-year-old realized that God is his superhero. For this reason and more, my heart is forever touched.

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