Can we have it all? A question which has been posed by many and means different things to many. Some regard it as a goal to strive for without apology. While some recoil at the idea, dismissing it as selfish ambition. Others deem it to be as plausible as MySpace making a comeback. But for the purpose of this article, we’ll treat it as a tangible thing.
Most of the time when this question is raised, we think about what our version of ‘all’ is. Be it living our best life travelling the world with our husband and kids, running our own FT500 company – or both. But how often do we think about the purpose and motivation behind our desires to have the proverbial all? We seem to be more inclined to wonder whether or not it is something we are actually capable of. This, however, fails to address a key question, “Are we doing all things to the glory of God? ” We’re taught about the power of this 1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (ESV), but how often do we (honestly) adhere to this?
Some Christian women experience guilt for aspiring to more than what is expected of them, despite there being no place in Scripture that prohibits women from wanting to have it all. As long as our goals and reasons are in line with God’s purpose and the greater good of those around us, we can use all of what He entrusts with us to serve Him. Having it all is not only about having what we want when we want it. Anything that God gives to us is not for ourselves, but to give to bless others also.
Ultimately, it comes down to this, having what we work/pray/strive for must never be about satisfying our own egos, nor should it simply be beneficial to ourselves because everything we attain through Christ must always propel us to be a blessing to others in order that we may glorify Him. So yes, you can have it all, but remember it’s not all for you.