How to have it all
The latest article to cause consternation, hand-wringing, etc. among working women is this one: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/why-women-still-can-8217-t-have-it-all/9020/
I have a different perspective on these things. I have a successful career and I’m rich by the world’s standards. I’m not married and I don’t have children. However, I don’t think any of these attributes offer any clue as to what I have or don’t have. As a Christian, I can say quite confidently however, that I do have it all.
I have –
Salvation by faith and through grace
I have forgiveness of my sins
I have peace as Jesus (and not the world gives)
I have contentment
I have a spirit of power, love and of self-control
I have the fruit of the spirit — love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control
I have the Holy Spirit living within me
I have eternal life
I could go on and on. But just this little list shows me just how worthless and ultimately unsatisfying are the things of this world. As Christians, our standards for “having it all” should be different than the world’s. We should not feel pressure to pursue worldly achievement at all costs — especially to the detriment of our relationship with God and our families. Articles such as the one above should not make us feel inadequate nor should they validate any self-centered choices we have made in the past. We exist for God’s glory. No other reason.
1 John 2:15-17: Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever