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I heard a strange noise this morning.  It was me, grumbling.  For me to grumble is (unfortunately) not unusual, but it is strange in that I have nothing to grumble about, really.  To the casual observer, my life is perfect.

Today, my ears were opened to my own discontent.

“Why am I always the one to clean up?” I muttered as I stomped around the house.  “Why can’t anybody in this house pick up after themselves?  And for the love of God, am I the only one in this family who cares that our sofa pillows are fluffed and karate chopped?!”

As I got myself ready for the day, the monologue continued.

“Ack!  Would you look at the number on the scale?  No wonder your pants are tight.  And look at that muffin top!  Get yourself to the gym, girl, or you’re going to need a new wardrobe – and it won’t be pretty!”

My list of grievances about my sorry life grew.  I grumbled about everything.  Oh, yes.  I had worked myself into quite a huff.

Was I being ungrateful?  Yes.  Whining much?  You betcha.  But underneath the grumbling was a feeling I hadn’t been aware of until today.

Powerlessness.

Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, I want to go home, wherever that is.  I am in this strange land of motherhood/wifehood/personhood, and it’s fraught with unexpected challenges and dangers.  I feel powerless to change any of it, little realizing that the choices I have made brought me here.  I find myself dependent upon a cast of unlikely characters for help.

Ah, but there is my mistake.

I fail to realize that many of the things bothering me are well within my power to change because of the Spirit who indwells me.  If God is the power behind my efforts, how can I be power-less?

My family will never care one whit about the status of the sofa pillows.  (I probably shouldn’t either.)  But I can change.  I’ve had the power all along.  I just didn’t know it. 

Have you been there?  Have you grumbled about your job, your life, your __(fill in the blank)___?  If so, it’s time to go home, Dorothy.

You’ve had the power all along.

 

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man, this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’” (Mark 10:27, NIV)

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