Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Life Lessons...

This challenge was presented by OkieScrapper (Gaye).

Life Lessons - When was the last time you had a life lesson -- one that made you feel "BETTER" about "YOU"? It doesn't have to be a life altering lesson; it can be something small, it can be something very minor, but it must be a life lesson. And it must be a GOOD life lesson. What was it?

Like many of you, I am usually burning the candle at both ends. I have a lot on my plate. Sometimes, it gets down right over-whelming. Lately, I have had several ladies at church ask me how I "do it all".

First, it humbles me that they think that I've got it all together. I am just a good juggler, I guess.

I have 4 children - the two youngest are 2 years old and 9 months old. I homeschool my two oldest. I am married to a pastor and we have a congregation that is very young and because we are a new church, I am a Sunday School teacher, Junior Church teacher, Kids Choir Director, Choir member, Ladies ministry leader, Kids club director and leader...*sigh*. I also have a household to take care of. I love to have company, so I try to keep my house presentable - I try to have a home-cooked meal for dinner every night for my family... Are you tired yet? Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I work a part-time job, as well. Technically though, don't all moms and wives have a list a mile long with all of their responsibilities?

Secondly, I honestly answer them and explain that I don't "do it all". I can't. I used to beat myself up for this and I refuse to do it anymore. I tell the ladies that no one is perfect. There is no need to try to be Super Mom or some kind of Domestic Goddess. Of course, if that's what you like to call yourself, that's fine too! LOL Just don't let others (or yourself) make you feel like you have to perform. I want the people in my life to know that I love them. I want them to feel special.

Lastly, I tell them that we can help each other to be better moms, wives, friends, followers of Christ, etc. Romans 14:19 says: Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Why should life be a contest? Why can't we all win? I don't ever want anyone to think that I can "do it all", because then no one would feel like they could help me - and I need help! I don't want to act like I can get by on my own. Let's BUILD each other up, instead of BEAT each other up.
Sharing this lesson with my ladies at church has helped me to learn a great lesson. I hope it can encourage you too!


Lee said...

Great post Sherry! I agree with the idea that you can have it all ... just not all at one time. If we received all gifts life has to give all at one time we'd never get the chance to savour the good stuff!

~~Carrie Ann said...

Great post, Sherry! And so true! We shouldn't compare ourselves to others or try to live up to all the expectations placed on us! We should live to be the best we can be with God's help, and seek to please and serve him. Thanks for the reminder!

SavedbyGrace said...

Praise God my List is nothing like yours!!:) Secondly, if the ladies of your church want to know how you do it, just tell them they will have to have a helper like Hannah :) And if you want to slow down, you can always move to T. or C. no matter how hard I try to get busy, it just doesn't work LOL Love you