When I imagine the modern day version of a Proverbs 31 women, I’ve always imagined women who does it ALL. A women who cooks a delicious meals, runs marathons, has her own business, leads a bible study, captures magazine worthy photographs, volunteers weekly….all while maintaining a 40 hour a week job and looking fabulous. Whew! I’m exhausted just typing all of that. The myth of perfection is exhausting. Striving to to it ALL, is exhausting.
When I look Proverbs 31 (especially verses 13, & 16-19) with fresh eyes words like CHOOSE/SELECTS/PERCEIVES jump off the page. Could it be that we are not called to do it all?
I love this quote by Jill Briscoe “the secret of doing it all is not necessarily doing it all, but rather discovering which part of the ‘all’ He has given us to do and doing all of THAT”
We were each created with a unique set of skills and talents. When God formed you, he had something wonderful in mind, something that only YOU with your gifts could do.
Being a lady of wisdom begins with intention. Choosing to pause, take a breath and consider what part of the “all” he created you for. A lady of wisdom chooses to say no, even to things that might appear good. She knows her limits and says yes to only God’s best for her.
I’ve been learning this lesson the hard way. A few years ago, when I moved back to Wisconsin I was rediscovering who God made me to be. I said yes, I volunteered, I taught at a special needs playgroup, I helped with youth group and the list went on. I had full blown “Do It All Syndrome.”
In this FULL season of live I’m learning that to live well and to live wisely, I have to be intentional. These days I’m filling my plate with less but feeling fuller then ever. I often look around and try to figure out what else to cut, and there seems to be nothing left to let go of. But then I hear His voice reminding me that in my weakness HE is made strong. In these moments I know that the ALL I’m called to do-is more then I can handle on my own. I need grace-grace abundant.
Whether you are learning what part of the “All” you have been called to or learning to let go of “Do it All Syndrome”—lean on His grace, say yes to only what He has given you and live your days with intention.