By Deborah over at Building A Family That Will Stand
We can’t do it all in our own strength. We simply can’t.
From time to time, I’ve had someone or another tell me how wonderful I am, what an example to others, that I have it all together. Makes me cringe.
I’m so well aware of my own internal and ongoing struggle with sin, how many times on any given day I succumb to temptation, whether it’s to snarl at my husband, bark at my children, or just allow myself to give in to laziness and apathy and not work diligently with my hands. I so completely identify with the Apostle Paul when he writes, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (1 Tim. 1:15) Or when he says, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Rom. 7:18-19)
I can’t help but think about the mom I spoke of above, wondering if, perhaps, the immense stress she must surely have been under might have been caused as much by her own internal expectation of being “perfect”, or appearing to be so, as by external pressures. Obviously, I don’t at all know if that was the case, but I do know how hard we women can be on ourselves, how much pressure to “perform” we place upon our own shoulders.
Guess what? When I see you all spit-polished up in church, at various conferences, or in the grocery store, I’ve got you pegged, I’ve got your number… you’re just like me. Shiny and smiling on the outside, very often groaning and labouring, and sometimes even beaten down, broken, and seemingly wasting away on the inside.
I just wanted to tell you that I know your little secret, and now you know mine, if you didn’t already. It’s ok.
We’re just women, ordinary, everyday women, putting one foot in front of the other, trying to do the next, right thing. But women of God, women who know, or ought to know, that our strength lies solely and wholly in Christ, who prepares, equips, and enables us to accomplish all that He’s set before us.
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