“Grace is greater than the grind.”
This is a quote that one of my previous mentors wrote a couple years ago.
And it’s so true.
For me, this sums up my platform and why I think it’s so important to put an end to superwoman syndrome.
Especially for women of faith.
If we truly believe in God like we say we do, then why are we constantly operating in our own strength?
Why is grinding and hustling so appealing? I don’t know if it’s just people who live in big metropolitan areas like the DMV or NYC, but everyone is so career-driven. It can literally drive people crazy!
People work 2 or 3 jobs just to keep up a certain lifestyle and then they end up missing out on quality family time.
What if we just trusted God to provide for us instead of stretching ourselves thin and compromising our mental health in the process?
I talk about this a little bit in my article, “How I Saved $10K in One Year,” which is the very reason why I’ve been able to take a step back from work and actually just focus on “the business of me,” like another mentor told me.
But here’s the key: I only was able to do this by living my life according to Biblical principles.
One of my favorite pastors to watch online is Pastor Mike Todd from Transformation Church in Tulsa, OK. (Plus, we have the same birthday, so that makes the connection even more special!) He has a sermon series entitled “Stride” which I truly encourage anyone to watch. It’s all about learning how to “find the pace of grace” and walk out God’s calling in our lives.
Here’s the premise: Jesus walked! The Bible never talked about Him rushing anywhere to get to His next miracle of healing. He walked through life and fulfilled every single prophecy written about Him in just 3.5 years (His public ministry).
So why can’t we? Why do we stuff our lives with meetings and trainings and appointments and all of these things to keep us busy? Why can’t we just be content where we are? Why are we constantly seeking after promotions and awards and validation?
Watch the series. I promise it will bless you!!
So, moment of transparency…
I had to get some of my friends to check me the other day in regards to taking it slow. It’s only been a month since I’ve been out of work and I was already finding myself scrolling on LinkedIn and other sites looking at their career openings.
They reminded me that I haven’t even had a real break yet!
I owe it to myself to take this time, because who knows when I’ll get it back?
My Superwoman Syndrome doesn’t know how to sit still. Or, when I do sit still, I feel guilty for it. I feel like I’m being pressured to do more.
Another friend of mine had to remind me that even God rested! How much more should we?!
Rest is a beautiful thing, my friends.
You may not have the means to take a break from work for a few months, but I bet there are things you can do weekly and even daily to create more “white space” in your schedule.
You get to decide this. You get to decide to say “no” to that birthday or baby shower invite. The world will go on and your friends will still love you.
Always remember: grace is greater than the grind.
So lean on His sufficient grace!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)