Just Be Real, For Real…

I have seen this meme followed by the statement “post this on your page if you suspect you might be a man” 🤷‍♀️😂… and while I don’t think I’m a man… going by this list I am definitely a failure as a “real” woman.

It’s easy for me to feel that I have missed the mark in a lot of areas of my life. Other women always seem more “put together” than me. I don’t have that fashion sense of putting these pants with that shirt and looking on point… I have to buy the whole outfit right off the mannequin and even then I still feel like I just don’t have that sense of style most other women seem to have. I have more bad hair days than good ones. I don’t get my nails done… toes yes, but only on occasion when I have the time, and the money. When it comes to make-up I have no idea how to highlight and contour… I’ve just recently learned that I need to use a sponge or brush instead of my fingers for foundation. Me and my eyeliner don’t always get along so sometimes I have this one eye that looks bigger than the other one. My house work has frequently been abandoned due to ball games or driving kids around town. I try to cook most of our meals, but honestly drive-thru is just easier sometimes. Laundry… do we even need to go there…

It’s not just my hair, make-up, nails, and housework that I feel I fall short. I graduated from college twenty-three years ago… so those young ones graduating now make your education feel antiquated and outdated… I mean I still remember my first PC that had 2 MB of hard drive space… our phones have more memory than that now. Other people seem to advance in business and ministry so much faster. They’re over here publishing book after book or closing deal after deal… I’m just trying to figure out how to get started. I don’t run fast, and it seems like I’m almost always the last one to finish workouts at the gym.

Life gives me plenty of ways to feel that I am less than perfect, less qualified, less capable, less loved, less important, less … well, just less of everything.

Buying into these feelings of “less than” will leave a person depressed, emotional, and with a low level of self-esteem. And I frequently find myself buying into it… When we don’t measure up to the expectations placed on us by our spouses, children, employers, and even ourselves… we can get to a point of discouragement and frustration.

That is when we must remember what God expects of us.

Does He expect me to have my house perfectly clean and spotless?

Does He expect me to have dinner on the table every night?

Does He expect me to have all that laundry washed, folded, and put away every day?

Does He expect me to say “yes” to every church and youth group project that comes my way?

Does He expect me to have every hair in place and perfect patience all day long?

Does He expect me to finish first, always be in the lead, and have it all figured out from the get-go?

“He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” ~ Micah 6:8

Jesus said that His yoke was easy and His burden was light.

Jesus does not give us lists and standards that we cannot possibly live up to.

He only requires that we seek after the good and righteous, offer kindness and love to others, and that we walk humbly with Him. If we will put our faith and trust in Him, and live each day to please Him… all these other things will work out for our good.

He just wants us to remember most of all, that we are His. ❤️

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