Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fleeting moments of grandeur

Sometimes I feel as if I'm on top of the world, excelling as a wife and mother, ordering my home and tasks with ease, accomplishing more than I imagine possible.   I am confident and energetic.  I feel like an achiever and a conqueror.

Those moments of grandeur are fleeting.  All too often they are followed by mediocrity -- days of chaos and struggling to keep all the plates spinning without dropping anything.  Weeks when I am rushing from one task to another -- or simply wandering around somewhat aimlessly, overwhelmed by all that I SHOULD be doing.  In these moments, I am merely persevering.

In the moments of grandeur, those near-perfect days when I am feeling that maybe, I might be, almost, just a little bit of a Super Mom --  I think I am doing it all.  I am the great one.  I have my act together.

But when the chaos returns, and I'm trying to figure out what I've done wrong -- I have to admit that I am not SuperMom.  I can't maintain the grandiose days forever.  I am merely an imperfect human relying on God's grace.

Everyone has revolving (and evolving)  moments of grandeur and mediocrity.  It is just life.  And life is much less about me than I often believe.  It isn't really about what I'm doing RIGHT or what I'm doing WRONG.  It's not all about my success and failure.

So in these days of mediocrity, disorder, distraction, and even laziness -- I am once again humbled, but also hopeful that the more organized and productive days will return.  I like those moments of grandeur more than the days of just trudging along.

But I persevere, each and every day -- even when I'm not in my most glorious state.  Even when I'm merely mediocre.

Galations 6:9  "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

Hebrews 12:1, 2  "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, ane let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith ... "

1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12  "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that our daily life may win the respect of outsiders ... "

Trusting In Him,


  1. Very good reminder April. When things are going well, I tend to think I'm great, but when things are not, it's amazing how quickly I blame everyone else.

  2. Oh my! Isn't that true? LOL!!


  3. I wish I had less mediocre days and more grandiose days! Good thoughts April.



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