Super Woman Is Not God’s Goal for You |How The Pursuit of Omni-competence Obscures God’s Grace

25 Sep

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“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” –2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Why is it so difficult to acknowledge our own weakness? God’s grace is so powerfully magnified when our strength is diminished. Feigning perfection obscures God’s grace; the grace we need to fully die to ourselves and live for Him. From “The Pressure to Pretend” in Christianity Today Courtney Reissig writes, “…we have to be okay with not getting to everything our to-do lists because Christians know that only God has a perfect record when it comes to “having it all” and “doing it all. As Christian women, let us remember that our strength to have anything of value comes not from our own capacity, but from the strength that only God can supply.” That is such an important concept for us to hold onto especially when our attentions wander and we narrowly focus on trying to live up to some perceived ideal or try to become more like a fictional woman in the media, Martha Stewart, or someone we know who seems to have achieved that mythical super hero woman status. We have to learn to carry the load that we are able and recognize that everyone possesses different strengths and we have to have to willing to acknowledge that it is impossible to be perfect. Turn to Him for strength and do all things for His glory.

Super Woman Is Not God’s Goal for You

by Hannah Lannigan.

Do you find yourself striving to be perfect? A June Cleaver, your favorite Christian speaker, and Martha Stewart all rolled into one? Maybe you’re OCD (or, in alphabetical order, CDO). Or maybe you simply desire to be a “well-rounded person.”

But have you paused to ask yourself Why? Why are you OCD? Why are you a perfectionist? Why do you want to be a well-rounded person?

Personally, I wanted to be the perfect wife, the perfect mom, the perfect woman because I wanted everyone to like me and no one to be able to find fault with me.

But I discovered…

  • that perfect woman doesn’t exist!
  • that’s not God”s goal for me. His goal is not that I become this self-made perfect woman in whom no one can find fault and has no need for grace. His goal is that I become like Jesus—and not everyone thought well of Jesus . . .

Ultimately, I was trying to create glory for myself by:

  • having a perfectly clean house (ha!)
  • raising a perfectly behaved son (No temper tantrums in the grocery store for my son. Yeah, right.)
  • being “Super Woman” (I thought I would prove myself on par or superior to my peers by making dinner from scratch every night, discipling students from my church, and creating my own “Martha Stewart” projects.)

But what is worse is that I was trying to steal God’s place and erase His picture of grace in my life. Because with the perfect image of self as my god, there was no room for grace. My definition of failure equaled “not perfect.” So literally, the mantra of failure, failure, failure rather than grace, grace, grace washed over my heart daily.

Does any of this sound familiar? If so, I encourage you to join me at the cross and make this prayer your own:

Father, thank You that You are a God of grace. I’m sorry for stealing Your glory and trying to erase my need for Your grace. I repent. I want to walk with You and become like Jesus—even if that means not everyone approves of me or understands me. Please help me accept Your grace with worship and gratitude. And help me accurately display Your glorious grace each moment of the day to those around me. Help me to hold myself to a standard of grace not perfection.

From:True Woman | Super Woman Is Not God’s Goal for You.

 

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