We all have felt it, right? The struggle to do it all, get it all done, and not be totally undone in the process! Working moms, empty nesters, single women, and stay-at-home moms all deal with the struggle to juggle! And that struggle can leave us worn out and frustrated. According to the General Social Survey, which has tracked Americans' moods since 1972, women have become increasingly less happy. Though there are many different reasons they feel this way, one big reason for less joy and more gloom is the struggle to juggle — the pressure we feel to do it all.
Think about it: Decades ago, women kept house, raised kids, shopped, cooked, and a host of other domestic duties. Today, lots of women keep house, raise kids, shop, cook, work full-time, run car pools, volunteer, often doing all of this alone.
Instead of us girls lowering our standards with the increased demands, we've raised them.
Success isn't getting it done; success is getting it done well, on time, and with creativity and the Pinterest-worthy pics to prove it!
We juggle trying to eat well with exercise with jobs with making sure the kids have matching socks with volunteering with serving with ... ahhh ... let's just say, with all that juggling, it's easy to drop the ball!
Consequently, when a ball drops, we tend to beat ourselves up. If things aren't going well in our relationships, we feel like failures. If we are feeling the stress of juggling, we may get so emotionally exhausted that we take things more personally at work. And, when we just get so tired of holding it all together, we either lash out or just swallow our stress and try harder.
So, what's a girl to do? End the struggle to juggle. That doesn't mean you quit doing something you're called to do, it just means you quit trying to do everything in your own strength. In your mind's eye, see yourself trying to hold all the balls. See yourself trying to hold it all together. Then, drop all the balls right now for just one second at the feet of Jesus and lift your empty hands to the Lord.