Jon Stolpe Stretched

What's S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g me now?


When I was a kid, I thought it would be so amazing to be able to fly.  I can remember running down the hallway of our house into the living room and jumping into the couch.  I believed that for a brief second I was actually flying.  Believe it or not, I’ve felt that feeling on the basketball court a few times (not recently).  It’s a feeling that you are floating through the air.  But it only lasts for a quick moment.  It doesn’t last.

As a kid, I also played with the idea of being invisible.  Perhaps, this superpower would be more amazing than flying.  You could walk into a room without anyone noticing.  I could sneak into the kitchen and get a bowl of ice cream, and I could eat it undetected – as long as nobody was in the kitchen when I came in to see the freezer open and close.

More recently, I’ve thought that it would be helpful if somehow I could be in multiple places at the same time.  Especially as our kids are involved in different activities, I would love to be at work, be at home, and be at the track meet or other activity all at the same time.  We often joke at the office that the cloning machine is broken.

But in reality, these superpowers remain out of reach.  It’s probably a good idea that we can’t do all these things.  My guess it that we would have a hard time using these powers selflessly.  I’m also guessing that possession of these superpowers would cause us to stray from God.  We would fail to realize the amazing power of our Creator.

 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

What superpower would you like to have?  How would this be useful?


June 7, 2011 - Posted by | thoughts


  1. Jon, good thoughts. I agree that the more we rely on our Self, the less we feel like we need God.

    I loved watching Super Friends when I was a kid. I was always enamored with the Wonder Twins. I think I liked the idea of having a twin with superpowers so I wouldn’t be alone.

    Thanks for the memories!

    Comment by Jason Fountain | June 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. Teleportation.
    No need for cars, planes, bikes…. just think it- and you’re in a completely new place. 🙂

    Comment by Dustin | June 7, 2011 | Reply

    • I like it! Imagine how much time we could save.

      Comment by jonstolpe | June 8, 2011 | Reply

  3. I agree with you…I would like to fly!

    Comment by Brandon | June 7, 2011 | Reply

  4. I always wanted to be able to fly, too. It must be something with children that they want to be able to do. I thought I should be able to fly like a bird and just couldn’t understand why my arms weren’t like wings. I wanted to have wings like an eagle and soar high in the sky. But God didn’t intend for us to have those powers. God is always in control, not us. HE can do anything when we trust God for everything.

    Comment by Janet Lomicka | June 7, 2011 | Reply

  5. I would have to say the ability to be in two places at once… That would be helpful.

    A real super power would have to be super strength. Mr. Incredible is awesome!

    Comment by adam | June 7, 2011 | Reply

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