Aug 23

In Other Words: Wonder Woman Crashes and Burns

 “ The Christian often tries to forget his weakness:
God wants us to remember it,
to feel it deeply. “

by Andrew Murray

Lately I’ve been contemplating why I can’t get everything accomplished that I think I should be doing in a day. Perhaps it is old age, I tell myself. Or maybe it is because I have unrealistic expectations of myself. That’s probably true. That has always been one of my greatest weaknesses in life . . . . my husband tells me that I expect so much more from myself than I do from others. I wonder why I can’t rise above the little, daily annoyances. I agonize over my inability on some days to shake off the discouragement and sadness about situations over which I have no control. Why am I such a failure? I do try, desperately, not so much to forget my weakness as much as to deny that I am only human. Somehow I expect that I should be able to do it all, perfectly, yesterday!

Now where did that come from? Is it because I am incapable of logically comprehending that I’m not perfect (far from it!) and being OK with that? I’m not sure, but I suspect that those feelings of impending doom if I cannot live up to an image of Wonder Woman are very deep-seated in my experiences as a young Christian wife and mom. I’ll tell you the truth: there were years when I really believed that I WAS expected to be Wonder Woman, and I really believed that if I just tried hard enough, I actually could be Wonder Woman. Then I discovered a few tattered edges around the bright blue cape that I was hiding behind.

Eventually, I had to face reality. I can’t do it all . . . . I can’t be perfect . . . . I will make mistakes . . . . . I will get it wrong . . . . no matter how hard I try, I will still stumble and fall along the way. Because if I COULD be perfect on my own, I wouldn’t need a Savior. God knows that, and that’s why He carries us through those times when we feel like a failure. Some of us need to be reminded of our imperfections and weaknesses. We need to remember and feel deeply our inadequacy so that we will trust Him. Others of us just need to be reminded that it is OK if we can’t do everything and be everything that everyone around us expects us to be. That’s OK with God, so I guess it better be OK with me, too.

If you would like to join us for this week’s “In Other Words” please visit Twinkle Mom on her blog, Sunflower Faith, and leave a link to your blog post on this quote. Then, you can find the other participants and visit them to read their thoughts. Have a great Tuesday!  ~~ Nina


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  1. Karen

    Hi! I’m visiting from Sunflower Faith – I love your post. Its so interesting to see how everyone interprets the quote differently isn’t it?

  2. Twinkle Mom @ Sunflower Faith

    There’s always this image of perfectly juggling it all and the hardest part is having to deal with the reality that we can’t be *ouch* perfect…lol.

    I love the image you brought of Wonder Woman…its a blessing that is for sure, that we have our Father in Heaven, who gives the hope and the encouragement, that no matter what, things are under control, but, lol, wouldn’t it be great if we could be Wonder Woman? ROFL….wonderful post!!

  3. Tami Boesiger

    Thank the Lord you realize you don’t have to be Wonder Woman anymore. I bet you are a much more peaceful person.

  4. Jackie

    Hello Nina, I love this post…everything is worded so perfectly.. I think we, as women, “expect” more of ourselves than others do of us! That is so true. I know I’m far from perfect and there are days when I do just crash and burn. Yesterday was one. Now today I’m reflecting and asking Him how I can put the puzzle back together , even if so slowly. Thank you for such a wonderful post!

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