Little mouths have such profound statements at times. This is the perfect example.
Recently we have been doing some house cleaning. Well, basically purging for the upcoming move. I had gone through the kitchen and put a few cookbooks in the yard sale pile that I had not used in forever or had a duplicate. Amazingly enough, the cookbooks found their way out of the pile and became toys for our daughter.
She and a friend were playing library the other day using the cookbooks as books to check out. Charley laid the “Better Homes and Garden Cookbook” out and attempted to talk her friend into checking that particular book out, explaining that it’s actual title was “How to be Supergirl.” Profound. I know of a few men, the one I am married to in particular, that would agree with my daughter. That cookbook, in his estimation, if used correctly could very well make you supergirl in someone’s eyes. I have been amazed at times how far a warm home-made cinnamon roll will take you in this world.
The discussion got me to thinking, “If only being supergirl was that easy. I just have to follow the recipe and viola! Supergirl!” Never seems to work out that way. For some reason I think the dishes need to be done, the laundry folded, the carpet vacuumed, and the toilet cleaned before supergirl is even a possibility.
God laid out some guidelines as well, a recipe of sorts. He spends most of Proverbs 31 laying the instructions out. Much like the recipe book, though, I always feel like I am falling short in some way, forgetting something or just not being able to accomplish all there is to do.
What to do? I have the instructions and still have yet to achieve the objectives. Well, I decided that Proverbs 31 tells me the results, but gives me little information on the day-to-day how-to on accomplishing the mission. I have decided there is no cookie cutter perfection for being supergirl. It all simply comes down to a matter of heart and obedience, doing the things God tells us to do with all of our heart and realizing that we will not be perfect till we go Home!
God is gracious. He tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:13-15, “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God have given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
Bottom line – we do our very best, with a heart to please our Father, in all that we do and remember to thank Him for the grace He gives to make up the difference. The recipe for supergirl? One does not exist, but we do serve a Super God! Thank goodness!