I could go on with more challenges we faced or with how much was put upon my shoulders, but the general idea outlined above is enough.
Our family had a lot going on, and all of it was my responsibility. Saying yes to one thing, means saying no to another. I look back at all I accomplished in the early years of abandonment and am amazed but sad too. The cost of my doing was huge.
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Most of all, I missed being available for my children. I missed opportunities to teach them about Love and Joy found even in suffering. I missed opportunities to show them what it means to have faith or teach them about the Trinity and Communion of Saints still pulling for us. Even when physically present, I was often exhausted or distracted and rarely able to give my full attention.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
When we try to do it all, we forget to honor why we do it. We do that when caring for our homes but neglecting our husbands and when designing a magical childhood but ignoring our children. We also do this when trying to do all things but forget Christ is not only our strength but also our reason for doing anything. When we try to do all things, we become more Martha than Mary Luke We might believe Christ strengthens us, but we do not believe we can let go of the reigns and allow Him to act through us.
We seldom sit back, relax, and bask in the glow of what God accomplishes in us. What we do becomes less something to celebrate joyfully and more a demand we place upon ourselves. This takes a toll on us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Often, we hear a quote like this and run with it because it sounds good.
We do not stop to research exactly what is said or pause to reflect on what is truly meant. Then, we take what sounds good in a meme and apply it to every aspect of life. We believe, in this case, that if we are good Christians and God really Loves us, we should do it all easily. Reality is very different. We can keep all our balls surprisingly well juggled for years, but eventually, we all find out that we cannot do all things.
When we try, we became exhausted, frustrated, and discouraged. Maturity or sheer overwhelm sometimes help us realize negative emotions stem from the misrepresentation of doing all things through Christ who strengthens us. Already there is a subtle, but powerful, difference. It is not about all the things we think we can do; it is about what we do with what we are given.
It is not about Christ strengthening us to do more; it is about His empowerment of us. All rights reserved.
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