There’s a word used in Leviticus 3:1 – 17 that I base much of my superhero training on: Shalom. Shalom is a Hebrew word for peace. However, it’s a rich term that includes the idea that peace is made up of the following:
- Physical Health
- Emotional Well-being
- Spiritual Wholeness
- Material Prosperity
In other words, to have real peace in this world, one must be healthy in all those areas. This is easier said that done. The pursuit of peace is a life-long endeavor. Pursuing these four areas of peace are also much different that what the modern Western world emphasizes.
Building Your Support Team
When Bruce Wayne decided to become Batman, he sought out a number of teachers, including:
- Ted Grant (Wildcat), who taught him boxing
- Hendi Ducard, who taught him tracking and hunting skills
- Master Kirgi, who taught him various forms of martial arts
- Giovanni Zatara, who trained him in the arts of escaping
- Harvey Harris, who taught him detective skills
- David Cain, who taught him assassination skills
- Willi Dogget (Shaman), who taught him tracking skills
If Bruce Wayne sought teachers, then so should you.
Everyone’s support team will be different. But I encourage you to build your team around those four areas of shalom (physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial well-being).
I suggest actually having to meet with these people, for as we transform ourselves into superheroes, we need accountability.
One last thought about self-improvement. Self-improvement involves change, which is always difficult. Self-improvement requires discipline.
Discipline is an interesting word. It comes from the Latin word “discipulus” which means pupil.
Disciple also comes from this same Latin word.
Thus, the concepts of discipline and disciple are very closely tied together. To me, to be a student means to model ourselves after someone or something. It’s a practice; a life-style change.
Change is not easy. But neither is staying stuck where we are for the rest of our lives with our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.