I started to notice it when I was reading this fun, creative blog for party and hospitality ideas. There it was……”BLAH. I’ll never be able to do that. How did she do that?!? She’s so organized and creative! (Yes, she is. God bless her.) But I don’t think I could ever make it look like that. Me. Me. Me. Try harder. Be more. Keep up!!”
Let me ask you……who told me to feel depressed about another woman’s gifts? Was it the Lord speaking to me? (“Honey, you’re a sorry mess. You’d better try harder.”) (No, that’s not the Lord.) Was SHE speaking to me? (“Honey, you’re a sorry mess. You’d better try harder to be like me.) (laughing) (No!) You know who I think was speaking to me? My selfish pride. That part of me that wishes I was more. Not the part of me that wishes I was more like Jesus. That part that wants to make a name for myself, irregardless of what the Lord wills for me.
The truth is: we can’t do it all. By God”s grace we can only do a few things well. So here’s the joyful challenge: to humbly accept the limitations that the Lord has placed in our life. We all woke up to different days. Different to-do lists. And …. we all woke up to limitations. Jesus means for us to live today with a peaceful submission to His will for us. Some days that means that I need to fight laziness and embrace my responsibilities. Some days that means being OK with the fact that I can’t accomplish as much as other people can accomplish. Some days that means that I look back at the end of the day and realize that I was pushing myself to do things that the Lord didn’t ask me to do…..so there wasn’t joy in my day. Some days it seems that all I do is practice kindness. (I have a hunch that those are my most productive days….hmm)
So be calm my soul. We’re not racing anywhere. Just seek to play your small part.
….let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
1 Peter 3:4