♦Is your motto “my way or the highway?”
♦Are YOU the most reliable and competent person you know?
♦Is the first item on today’s To Do list to write tomorrow’s To Do list?
♦Are your bootstraps busted from all that pulling yourself up?
♦Has the word NO been genetically purged from your DNA?
"Uh huh. I see. Hmm. Hmm. Yes, I’m afraid you’re suffering from a debilitating spiritual and emotional disease, Mrs. Queen-Of-Everything. It’s insane!”
“Thanks, doc, but when I want your opinion I’ll give it to you!”
Sure, it’s fun to laugh at ourselves and our, um, tendencies. We can look in the mirror and chuckle at our controlling nature. Tee-hee about our stress. Joke about our perfectionism. Brag about our competitive side that wants to do more on less sleep than everyone else.
Uh oh. Gotcha there, didn’t I?
Except that for some of us, the fun runs off the road, and we end up in a painful ditch. Damaged and exhausted.
We can look like the charming and successful Dr. Jekyll to the world, but Mr. Hyde lurks in our SuperGal parts that can’t be seen. Our pretty outsides show competence, skills, independence and strength. Our hunched-over, crammed insides reveal the debilitating side effects of anxiety, stress and fear. We suffer from The SuperGal Syndrome©.
Then one night, the Light revealed my Mr. Hyde lurking in the shadows. How had I missed seeing him, really seeing him, all those years? How had I never noticed that I spent most of my time trying to control all of my circumstances? How had I never noticed how my perfectionism drove me, and everyone around me, to exhaustion?
Well, what does God have to say about all that? Just this:
It’s not our job to run this planet! Now He tells me!!
More later. For now, I want to leave you with this Secret of a Recovering SuperGal:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)