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Discovering Superman and Superwoman by Kim Halfhill

I have a confession to make to you. The end of the school year and the beginning of summer have me feeling a little weary. There are summer adventures to chase and deadlines to meet, and I’m wondering how all the pieces are supposed to fit together.  These words that I wrote and shared a few years ago are once again good for my soul. I hope they are for you, too.

You see, we are all in this together. We are the body of Christ, each with our function and purpose. So tonight, if you are feeling weary and quite frankly “give-out,” take heart – because in the body of Christ, we are absolved of our Super Woman or Super Man tendencies. I don’t know about you, but sometimes in this life, I still think I can do it all. In my mind, it goes like this: After I serve a delicious and nutritious 3-course themed dinner to our family, in a spotless kitchen, I’ll spend the perfect amount of quality time with my daughter crafting hand-made cards for whatever the next school party is. I’ll tuck her into bed wearing her favorite pajamas, fresh out of the wash, and spend the rest of the evening with my husband catching up on our favorite show. Somehow in this day, I’ve managed to spend several hours in my office, volunteer at school, and talk to my aging mother for an hour on the phone. Feeling accomplished and relaxed, I fall asleep for the perfect eight hours. 

Yet, in reality my days go more like this. I run scrambling from my office or wherever I find myself wrapped up in my latest project, just in the nick of time to get Kaylee from school. She dreams of afterschool ice cream and adventure, and I just want to find my favorite sweatshirt and yoga pants. When we finally arrive home, the meat that I was hoping thawed in time for dinner is rock hard and there are no leftovers in the fridge. We settle for frozen pizza and a salad (on a good week) and rush to squeeze everything in before bedtime. And usually, when I lay down with my daughter to snuggle her to sleep, I fall asleep before she does only to wake up at 3 a.m. feeling frustrated about all the things I didn’t get accomplished in my day. And I am forced to admit again, that I am not Super Woman. I cannot do it all. 

So I take great comfort and find joy in knowing, that God never intended the church to work this way. In his book “Unfinished Business/Returning the Ministry to the People of God,” Greg Odgen reminds us that it is together, as the body of Christ, we have it all. No one person, no matter how SUPER you or I may feel need shoulder the whole work of the church. Rather, through the grace of God, TOGETHER as the body of Christ, we have all that we need to minister to one another and to the world. We only need do our part. The part for which we are designed, and equipped. The part for which we were made.

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