Monday, November 18, 2013

All Things to All People

Her words speak to the deepest places in me. Sometimes I ponder and re-evaluate. Often she somehow knows just what I've been struggling with and gives the gift of wisdom.

So it was with this post. This season of my life is one of varied hues and shapes. There are adult children with all the struggles and joys of raising a family in a world so different from the one in which they grew up. Aging parents with needs that often seem overwhelming. And then, of course, there's us - quickly stepping into "senior citizen status" - adjusting to the limits of bodies that don't cooperate the way they used to and empty nests.

I heard myself say not too many months ago: "I can't be all things to all people." And it's true. I can't. But somehow it doesn't keep me from trying....and failing. Then I am riddled with guilt over the things not done and needs not met. I try too hard to please everyone. I end up pleasing no one at all.

It isn't the way the Father designed me to live. He knows my weakness. He created me so. He did it in order to invite me to lean on Him. Over and over again Jesus invites us to lay down the heavy burdens and walk with Him. In return He offers strength where I am weak, wisdom when I don't know what to do, peace in the midst of the storm, and grace for every minute of every day.

No. I can't be all things to all people. Not even the ones I love so dearly. But He can - moment by moment, grace by grace, Christ living in me.