Tuesday, October 27, 2015

hanging the cape

More often than not, I forget I'm not superwoman (newsflash, right?). I know I'm no superwoman, no supermom, no super anything. But I still get mad at myself for not being super (totally logical reasoning, I know).

Worse than getting upset with myself, I beat myself down for it. I'm not a good enough wife, mom, daughter, sister, person because I can't do everything the way I want to.

It's amazing the lies we'll tell and believe about ourselves.

Last week I started writing about five elements that, when worked into my daily routine, keep me wrapped in God's peace. This series kicked off with the supremacy of God in our lives (covered in the original post) and continued with the authority of the Bible in our lives.

Today I want to add the third element to the list: the nature of the person.

If you're anything like me, maybe you expect yourself to be superhuman, too, regardless of how taxing, unrealistic, and silly that expectation is (and admittedly, it's all of those).

Take time to grieve over this fact if you have to (I did . . . and still do from time to time!) and then brave the journey towards humanness with me.

We're not superhumans, but we're more than skin and bones. Unless we acknowledge these limits on both ends--and care for ourselves accordingly--there's only so much growing we can do1.

If we as parents aren't growing, the kids we raise are likely to follow our lead . . . and stop growing as well. Now that's a scary thought, isn't it?!

As we learn to love our limited human selves, we teach our kids to celebrate all that we can and can't do--which ultimately puts the spotlight back on God for all that He is and does for us because He loves us.

In the New Testament, Mark breaks down the nature of the person for us. He presents the person in four domains. Stay tuned to find out what they are.

As we journey on, you might discover what I'm realizing: that nurturing these four domains and committing them to Jesus usher in the abundant life for us and our families.


1 Applied Anthropology: Domains of Application, Van Willigen, p. 2