Weakness Is Not Failure
Written by Claire McCann
Every single hour.
That is the frequency of my 6 month olds' feedings.
Not long after comes 7 am and the start of the day. Cooking, cleaning, dishes, laundry, homeschooling, fixing sippie cups and the list goes on and on.
I've caught myself thinking "I wish I could just get a few hours of sleep in a row!"
Or "I cannot wait until my floors actually stay clean for longer than 5 minutes!"
I know I'm not alone in this...
It is incredibly hard to be a momma 24/7 to any amount of children!
To give and give and give some more.
The crazy thing is when I take a few minutes for myself... I feel guilty.
Motherhood calls for days in yoga pants without socialization.
Dark circles and grown out eyebrows.
Sleep depravation and A LOT of coffee.
Always sharing bites from your plate.
Never getting a moment alone.
ALWAYS cleaning up messes.
Everything without appreciation or approval.
Sometimes I feel weak.
We can choose to be keenly aware of the frustrations of motherhood...
We can choose to be aware of the delight and joy that is found in those moments when you have nothing else to give and Jesus steps in and gives of Himself to meet the demand.
But WE choose which will be our focus.
If we are always able to parent perfectly on our own then we will NEVER come to those desperate moments where Jesus is all we have to offer our children.
We must admit that we don't have it all together.
The problem is most of us see weakness...
And sure, sometimes I blow it and loose my patience.
Or in my exhaustion I just manage the chaos instead of being proactive in training and equipping my children the way God commands.
So I do fail...
We all do....
And THAT failure catapults us directly where we should be...
At the feet of Jesus begging for His strength.
But I am not "A Failure"....
Neither are you.
Our failures bring us to admit we are weak and in need of help.
And then we get back up and run after His mission.
You see, failure means you throw in the towel and give up trying.
Weakness means you realize you are incapable of doing it perfectly on your own and run to the only place that can make you capable....
May we be weak and may our many failed moments bring us to the only One who is strong.