Ahhhhh! The Super Woman Cape. We get up every morning, tie the strings around our neck and take off, ready to conquer the day. Coffee, breakfast, lunches, carpool, work, pick up, sports practice, homework, dinner, bed time, quality time with a loved one (or quiet time by yourself), and finally, if we are fortunate, sleep. That was just my day; I'm sure there are many variations depending on what your life looks like.
Ever watch The Incredibles? Eve, the designer extraordinaire, had something to say about capes. They snag, get caught in dangerous machines, get sucked in and can strangle you. No capes!
Here's the problem with the Super Woman cape. They give us the illusion that the world can't spin without us. Those darn strings tighten and block the oxygen flowing to our brain. If we go down, everything goes down. Our spouse, the kids, work, life as we know it stops if our capes aren't in place.
Flying around, life dependent on your cape, will land you straight on the path of depression and anxiety. Eventually, as we all know if we live long enough, the cape is not durable. The cape will fail. Epic fail.
So, what do we do?
Surrender the cape.
Lay it at the cross. Become totally dependent on Jesus for every breath. Extreme? Maybe. But, oh, so much better than that flimsy cape.
Do you have a story where you have had to surrender your cape? If so, I would love to read it. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd be honored to pray for you as we fight this battle called life together.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.