Do you ever have those moments when you feel God slap you on your hand? Disciplining you? Opening your eyes to something you are doing that isn’t good for you and your relationship with Him? I had one of those moments this morning during my devotion time with the Lord. Then it was confirmed again as I got online and came across a post by my friend at Faith Along the Way. I never thought of myself as trying to achieve Supermom level. I work hard to be the best I can be through serving others. However, the word “Supermom” never bounced around in my head as a title I wanted to achieve.
Yet, “Supermom” was the title I was unknowingly after. I felt the Lord nudging me during my prayer time, in the early morning hours. The house was quiet. I had my coffee and bible. It was just the Lord and I, as I shared with him my hearts cry. Pressing in to God for so many things. Then I get it as a gentle shock to my heart. Yep, the slap on the hand. He was telling me my frustration is my own fault. I was like HOLD ON. Wait one minute, Lord. No Lord, I serve others. I bend over backwards for others. It’s them that need to change. Not me. Not I, Lord. I give and give. I do and I do. Then God tells me again, your frustrations are your own fault. You aren’t meant to carry all that. You are not meant to “bend over backwards” for them. You are not suppose to get all upset when others do not respond to your efforts. Everyone has their own battles. You do not know what I have them going through. You do not do your work for them. You are suppose to do it for me. I will reward you. I will bless you. I will strengthen you. I will bless you. Not them. Is your goal for working so hard to get recognition and praise from others? Or do you want MY recognition and blessings? You cannot serve both.
GULP. deep sigh. Yes, Lord, I understand. My strong efforts to serve others had gotten off balance. I was trying to please others to get their recognition and it got my focus off God. Ouch. Lesson learned.
How can I use this disciplining moment that I had from God to change me? What steps can I take to work on this problem of mine?
1. Pray. I can pray over my thoughts and intentions. Pray that God will guide me in everything I do.
2. Give ALL unmet needs and unmet expectations over to God. He is the ONLY one who is meant to completely fulfill me. Not others. No recognition from others can satisfy like God can.
3. Memorize scripture pertaining to this very issue. Recite it to myself when the need to get a pat on the back for my efforts creep up on me.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”
“Serve wholeheartedly,as if you were serving the Lord, not people,”
1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
Let’s have our “Supermom” efforts honor God. It’s okay to serve others, as long as our hearts are pure in doing so.
I give all unmet expectation over to You. Help me to fully know and understand that You are the only one who can fulfill me. Help me to serve without strings attached. Help me to hand over to you my need of a pat on the back and recognition for all I do. Let my work be done to glorify you. Help me to wait on You for my joy, blessings, strength and peace. You are the Prince of Peace. I praise you. I love you, Lord. All this I ask in Jesus name. Amen.
Do you struggle with the “Supermom” entitlement feelings? When was the last time you had a disciplining moment from God?