Having It All: These three little words leave most women feeling exhausted, inadequate, confused and guilty. What does “having it all” mean? It is even possible? Sheryl Sandberg writes, “Instead of pondering the question, ‘Can we have it all?’, we should be asking the more practical question, ‘Can we do it all?’ and again, the answer is no.” Oprah and Madeleine Albright are slightly more hopeful, saying that we can have it all—just not at the same time. Anne-Marie Slaughter takes a slightly different approach: “I still strongly believe that women can ‘have if all’ (and that men can, too). I believe that we can ‘have it all at the same time.’ But not today, not with the way America’s economy and society are currently structured.” None of them, however, mention happiness or joy in any of their books, articles or talks.
Balanced Schedules: It is possible to live our entire lives chasing after a balanced schedule and never find identity, purpose or meaning. In one of his parables, Jesus warns against hearing the gospel and then letting “the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches” choke the gospel until it “proves unfruitful” . But what alternative is there? As a practical matter, we have to pursue financial stability, education, family, career and home, right?
Having All That Matters: These four little words are the promise of the gospel. In Psalm 34, David sings, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! … [T]hose who seek the Lord lack no good thing” . Did you catch that? “Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Hundreds of years later, Paul explains what David means. He writes to the Romans, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” . In Christ, God has given us all that matters—all things that pertain to life and godliness .
Prayer: Lord, Apart from Christ, life is like the Myth of Sisyphus—a meaningless, repetitive task that leads to absurdity . We can schedule our lives like a Tetris game, but still end up without identity, purpose, meaning, freedom or joy. The resurrection of Christ shows us, however, that our lives have meaning . Give us a vision to seek all that matters and to inspire those around us to do the same. Amen.
 See Matthew 13:1-23 |  Psalm 34:8, 10 ESV |  Romans 8:32 ESV |  1 Peter 1:3 |  Wikipedia. The Myth of Sisyphus. |  See 1 Corinthians 15:58. See also. 843 Acres Reader’s Choice: “His Resurrection Gives Meaning to Our Work.” August 20, 2012.