All our lives we strive to be able to take care of ourselves and we try to teach our children to be self reliant.
But lately I have been tossing this subject around because I think that self reliance is a myth that society has told us to strive for.
I believe that when God designed us, we were wired to need Him in every aspect of our lives. If we tried to everything for ourselves, two things would happen. First, we would literally run ourselves ragged trying to do so. Do you ever wonder why we are so tired? We try to achieve the standard that the world has set before us. Fathers work more than 12 hours a week, mothers work because they have over extended budgets, and our children are raised in child care and latchkey. Second, we would not need God. God wants us to go to Him for our needs. These needs can be mental, spiritual and physical. As we go to Him for these needs, our relationship grows with Him.
I rejoice in my dependency on him and so should you. I know I can not survive without His guidance everyday. I can not make decisions without first going to Him to see what He desires for me. I can not have mental stability without turning to Him every day asking for strength. He helps me raise my children, be the mom I need to be to my kids, be a loving wife to my husband and He helps me serve my church and community. That is so far from self reliance and I it is something I am very proud of.
His power is made perfect in my weaknesses.