Psalm 46:10-11 tells us to “Be still and know that I am God!”
The Peter Parker Principle states, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” After watching Spiderman: No Way Home (the most recent addition to the marvel cinematic universe), the famous quote embodies a meaning that resonates deeper than the explosions and laughter presented on the movie screen. During a particular scene, as the action and chaos was never-ending, the camera closed in on Peter Parker’s face as he took a moment to Be Still, making the ultimate decision that was not for the betterment of himself, but for the betterment of mankind. It was in that singular moment in time he was able to Be Still with his thoughts, his actions, and himself to make a decision that was sound, intentional and guided by “with great power, comes great responsibility.” Whether you are fan immersed in the Marvel Multiverse, navigating the many roles of your life, or working towards a better version of yourself, this principle applies to each and every one of us and is seen in God’s word.
We are faced with daily challenges in our lives – family, friends, relationships, school, social media, politics, etc. These challenges often times create untimely and unforeseeable trials, tribulations, and troubles that require us to Be Still and aware of our actions and response. For it is through these situations, we must reflect and ask ourselves – are we forgiving with grace, listening to understand, and most importantly are we making decisions and offering advice guided by the faith and love God has bestowed upon us. Just as Peter Parker used his power with great responsibility, God has guided us with the most important power and responsibility of all, walking hand-in-hand with him through his teachings and the Bible. It is the cornerstone that assists us in Being Still with the Lord. When you hone in on exactly what Being Still can encompass, your daily thoughts and emotions are centered around a graceful approach in which prayer is sought before a heavy conversation, relationships are fostered through intentional listening and understanding of one another, and a peace builds within yourself, knowing that your life and purpose is in God’s hands.
Therefore, during this special time of the year, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, I encourage you to Be Still in the Lord, be “Present” with your family through your faith and your prayers and to be the disciple that God asks us to be. For it is in every individual to use the great power they have with great responsibility.
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