I always think many thoughts when I am driving in the car. I guess it’s my time to zone. So it isn’t far fetching that I was thinking about this topic one day. Oh, how my mind is prone to wonder…
As women, we fall into two traps (Yes, there are plenty more:). One is the need to compare ourselves to someone else. We determine what kind of moms we should be by looking at that mom over there that has it all together. We get our ideas of what a perfect body should look like from the airbrushed woman on TV. We determine our kids are a mess, all because Jane’s kids know who to sit still for more than 2 seconds. We are quick to write ourselves off as failures. We are less quick to see our true value and worth.
The other is trying to be fixer-upper of the world. We carry around way more burdens than our poor shoulders can hold. We carry around our weight and the weight of everyone else, too. It seems impossible to get the place where we can hand ourselves and others over the transforming work of Christ.
I recognize these two because I get tripped up in both of these traps. I’ve had insecurity so bad that it paralyzed me. I’ve carried so much weight and struggled that I’ve buckled under the heavy pressure. I have to often come to the place where I realize I can’t fix myself so how am I going to fix someone else; however, I can lead them to the arms of Jesus. And I cling to the fact that
my value solely comes from Him.
What did Christ really mean when He said, “Come all to me who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest”? I think He meant exactly what He said. Give me your insecurity and I will give you security in knowing I am making you into the person you were meant to be. Give Me the heavy weight of this life, and I will give you peace and a hope in what lies ahead.
Ready. Set. Reflect:
Can you relate to any of these two traps? What weight or thoughts of insecurity are you carrying around at this very moment? Is it time for a new thought process? Is it time to hand over that crushing weight to the One who can carry it all?
Lord, I want to go deeper still. I want to know Your freedom in so many areas of my life. Continue to melt and mold me.
“I am a good shepherd; and I know my sheep, and I am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And the other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:14-16