Muhammad Ali was once the most well-known person on the planet. Historically speaking, Jesus of Nazareth is likely the most talked about person in history.
The story of Jesus is that of a real-life superhero. Someone with amazing talent who used it to put his team on his back and will it to victory, and bring out the best in every teammate. Like all heroes, this one felt anguish, pain, frustration, cold, humility. This one knew conflict but also saw the beauty of humanity, in its faces and actions and souls and, maybe most of all, in its potential.
His alter ego was that of a carpenter. A bridge builder. And his mission was to build a bridge from earth to heaven. Some parts of the bridge were built with words, other sections with actions, the foundation of the structure was cemented in truth, faith, and love.
The final section was hammered-in with nails; an unassuming piece of wood and sacrifice.
I've imagined how amazing it would be to have the powers of Spiderman or the otherworldly abilities of Superman. But the reality is, all of us can be superheroes if we want. It's not necessarily glamorous work, and we'll probably be flying under the radar most days, but the secret door that leads to the place where we put on our best selves is there always. And we all know how to open it.