Have you ever wondered what it means to have it all? This idea comes up on blogs and in conversations and through the media and advertising. But what does it really mean?
As a stay-at-home-mama, I’ve seen more than my fair share of exchanges about whether women and mothers can really have it all. And I’m always left wondering what the all really is, you know? I mean, have you ever thought about it? Have you ever considered whether you can have this seemingly elusive all?
Because I have. And for the past several days, I’ve been thinking a lot about it, about whether it’s possible and whether it’s a worthy pursuit. And, for what it’s worth, I’ve figured out that not only is it possible to have it and that it’s definitely worth pursing, but it’s something you probably already have. I know I do.
And here’s what that looks like for me: Jesus.
Really, it’s just that simple. And it’s based on the following things:
- I have no lack – Philippians 4:19: And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have ben given to us in Christ Jesus.
- I have authority over Satan – 1 John 4:4: But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won your fight with these false prophets, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
- I am worthy – Psalm 139: O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. you know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. you both precede and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know!
- I am never alone – Hebrews 13:5: For God has said, I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.
- God is faithful to me – Philippians 1:6: And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.
- I have the mind of Christ – 1 Corinthians 2:16: But we can understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.
- I am adequate – 2 Corinthians 3:5-6: It is not that we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves. our only power and success come from God. He is the one who has enabled us to represent his new covenant.
- I have all the confidence & boldness I need – Ephesians 3:12: Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come fearlessly into God’s presence, assured of his glad welcome.
- I am perfect in Christ – Hebrews 10:14: For by that one offering he perfected forever all those whom he is making holy.
- I am free from fear – 1 Peter 5:7: Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.
- I am strong in Christ – Philippians 4:13: For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.
- I am victorious – 1 John 5:4: For every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ to give the victory.
- I have God’s wisdom – Proverbs 2:6-7: For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity.
- I have all the hope I need – Psalm 27:13: Yet I am confident that I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am still in the land of the living.
- I am loved – Romans 8:38-39: And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t and life can’t. The angels can’t and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- I have been adopted by God – Ephesians 1:5: His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.
- I am totally forgiven/redeemed – Psalm 103:12: He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west.
- I have been declared holy, righteous and justified – 1 Corinthians 6:11: There was a time when some of you were just lie that, but now your sins have been washed away and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.
- I have God’s power – Ephesians 1:19: I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him.
- I have been given a brand new life – 2 Corinthians 5:17: What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!
- I have been created for good works – Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
You see, for the past several days I’ve been feeling a bit lost, adrift on the sea of dreams and goals and hustle and calling and purpose and passion. And I realized that my dreams and my desire to chase them and to hustle toward them was eclipsing the Giver, the Creator of those dreams, the One who placed those dreams and desires in my heart. In fact, my dreams were taking the place of Jesus.
And so I stopped. I hit the pause button for a few days and placed all of those things, every big and small detail in God’s hands. I asked him to hold them, to carry them, to shape them, to conform them. I asked him to align them with his Truth and grace. Because I want my dreams, my passions, my purpose to honor God. Because, like I said, he’s the One who gave them to me to begin with, you know?
And that’s when it hit me.
I’ve been chasing all these things in hopes that I can have it all, but I already have do. And my dreams, my calling, my purpose? Those are but the means to point others toward Jesus, the source of it all.
So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or a little bit burnt out in the pursuit of purpose and passion and dreams, maybe it’s time to give yourself the grace to push the pause button. I promise you, your dreams aren’t going to evaporate if you pause for a moment.
In fact, you might see things a little bit more clearly when you push play again.