We all have our Superwoman cape wearing moments. Those times when we believe there is nothing we cannot do or overcome. We are determined that no matter the situation or obstacles we face, we are going to put on our cape and get through. There are times in our lives when this is necessary, yet there are far too many times when it is not. Times when we need to take a step back, adjust our perspective, and learn to accept our limits.
One of the necessary cape wearing times for me was when my twins were born.
Yes, they were cute, but they were also A LOT of work. When the twins were born, our oldest was only 28 months old. We have never lived close to family, so other than occasional visits, we were on our own. And when I say we, I really mean me most of the time. Eric traveled a lot for work at that time, so it was not unusual for him to be gone 3 to 4 days a week. Trying to corral an energetic toddler and take care of two newborns was definitely more than a challenge. Yet, with a whole lot of prayer and many tears, I knew it was just for a season. Eventually, the twins would stop eating every 3 hours and I would get more than 2 hours of sleep at a time.
However, for most of us, those times when the cape is necessary are few and far in between. In reality, we have allowed ourselves to look at wearing the cape like a badge of honor. We look at trying to do everything and be everything to everyone as something to be proud of. The truth is we need someone to tell us, “Superwoman, take off your cape!” and we need to learn to accept our own limits.
Learning to Accept Your Limits
We all have limits. There is only so much we can do and only so much we can see. Trusting only in our own abilities and only what we can see will leave us worn out and lost. Knowing your limits does not limit you, it frees you. It frees you from the stress and pressure of trying to do and be it all. While also experiencing the freedom to put all your faith and trust in God.
Although we may have limits, we serve a limitless God. A God that will direct our paths. A God who can and will supply you with all your needs. He gives you the strength and wisdom to put your cape on when needed and to overcome whatever has been placed in front of you. Yet, He also gives you the wisdom and discernment to know when you have reached your limit. It is all about your perspective. When we learn to take our eyes off of ourselves, our circumstances and onto our limitless God, the possibilities are limitless.
I’d love to hear about your last ‘Superwoman, Take Off Your Cape!’ moment in the comments!
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