Super Power #5: The Power of the Will

In the world of the comics, one hero stands out because of the strength of his will.  In the DC Universe, Green Lantern becomes a superhero because a ring finds him.  This ring is powered by the willpower of all the sentient beings in the universe.  The ring responds to each lantern’s will to create constructs that can do anything he or she can imagine.  The Lantern’s ring would require a recharge from what else –  a Green Lantern.    Hal Jordan is the Green Lantern in the 2011 movie by the same name.

Throughout the comics, the Green Lantern would find that he would have trouble defeating anything yellow.  There are seven colors symbolizing the emotional spectrum.  The yellow layer represents fear.  Green Lantern’s willpower would have to battle fear over and over again.  His mentor, Sinestro, would succumb to the fear (yellow) and finally become the leader of the Yellow Lanterns. Hal Jordan would try to teach the lesson that ultimately the goal is not to be fearless but to over come fear through courage empowering the will to act.

I find it so amazing that the same thing happens when a human chooses to follow God.  God, through Jesus’ death and sacrifice, has given us grace to choose to follow him.  We must constantly choose courage and the will to act empowered by God’s grace and strength.  Jesus said that we had to die to ourselves, take up our cross and follow him.  This is an action.  So often, Christians treat God’s commands as if they are suggestions that we can choose to disregard.   We treat them as if they are suggestions about what we should do and we can choose not to follow them because we don’t feel like it.

I hate to run.  I get about two blocks in and I’m like, “Uh yeah, no.  I am so not doing this running thing.”  I just stop.  I go home and I get a Dr. Pepper.  We often treat God this way.  Holiness, growth, goodness, kindness….

Green Lantern’s had an oath to remind them of who they were when their ring gave them their powers.   We need constant communication with God through Scripture and prayer to remind us of who we are and the superpowers God has given us in our lives.

Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern Oath

“In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!”
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