Yesterday was career day for the kids at church. So, the night before I was asking Caleb what he wanted to be when he grew up. He named a couple of things like a pirate or a ghost. I kept prompting him to tell me what else he wanted to be and he finally said a gold power ranger, so he could get the bad guys. I couldn’t break his heart and tell him that being a power ranger wasn’t a real career.
As I was getting ready for church I started questioning what other people would think about sending my child as a power ranger for career day. Then I remembered why he wanted to be a power ranger. Men have a God-given desire to protect and I’m so glad to see him displaying this trait at such an early age.
When you have children you want your kids to dream big. To dream as though nothing or no one could ever take that dream from them…not even me.
As he grows up his idea of who the superheroes fight will change. Right now the bad guys are those creatures they fight on his show. His idea of what power rangers wear will turn into uniforms such as those in the military, law enforcement, and firemen, etc.
I was wrong to think that a power ranger wasn’t a real career because as he grows his idea of what they look like will change, but that God-given desire will stay the same.
I would also be wrong to tell my girls that they couldn’t be princesses one day. They may not wear beautiful ball gowns or live in a castle somewhere, but they will be their husband’s princess and their children’s queen.
I don’t want to limit my children to thinking they can only be certain things because as they grow they will develop God’s idea of what a true superhero and princess is without my interpretation.
Parents are their own form of power rangers who put on the full armor of God to protect their family from the devil’s attempts to destroy us.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
So, yes I am “that” mom who lets her child believe he can be a power ranger when he grows up.