Today’s guest post is by Susan DiMickele, a lawyer and author whose work touches working moms struggling to live an authentic Christian faith in a fast-paced world. DiMickele’s first book, Chasing Superwoman: A Working Mom’s Adventures in Life and Faith, is a funny, intelligent, and relevant exploration of living out your faith while juggling responsibilities at home and at work. Get Chasing Superwoman today!
I was picking up my daughter from Sunday school when another mother started cross-examining me about my job. We’d met once or twice, and she didn’t realize I was a lawyer until my daughter (then age 6) announced my occupation to the class.
After explaining to her where I worked, she wanted to know why I work for a large law firm, why I don’t work part time, and why part time isn’t an option. And she genuinely felt sorry for me.
“You poor thing. You must work all the time.”
Mind you, I don’t believe this woman was judging me. She just appeared confused and genuinely concerned that I was missing out on a more fulfilling life.
In response, did I explain to her that I’m actually quite satisfied in my daily work, that I have new opportunities every day to serve God in my profession, and while my job isn’t perfect, I’m more than grateful for my work as a lawyer?
Not exactly. I found myself apologizing for my occupation and even being dishonest: “Oh, I don’t really work that much. And it’s really quite manageable.”
Who am I kidding?
I started to walk toward the exit when I ran into another mother. We used to serve in mid-week youth programs together and hadn’t seen each other in months. She greeted me with a hug and smile and said, “Hey, Susan, how’s your book doing? Are you still writing?”
In response, did I seize the moment and explain that writing is my passion? That I write for sheer joy and privilege and I’m even part of an online community of writers where we integrate both faith and work?
Not exactly. I found myself downplaying my writing and again being dishonest. “Well, my writing is more of a hobby than anything else. But thanks for asking.”
I can’t explain my response. While I champion the integration of faith and work on paper (and even encourage readers to do the same), I’m obviously struggling to be authentic. When given the dance floor, I’d rather pass and revert into a cycle of dualism, completely separating my spiritual life from my daily work. And if I can’t be honest about my passions with my own church family, how can I be honest with myself?
Maybe I don’t have the guts to admit that I love my work. Maybe I’m too prideful to call my work spiritual or even good. Yet even though I work too many hours, travel more than I’d like, and struggle to find time to write when I’m not tied to carpool duty or a billable hour, I actually believe that God is involved in each and every detail of my day. And that my work makes a difference.
In Ephesians 2:10, the apostle Paul explains that “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” In other words, regardless of whether I’m in the courtroom or the kitchen, I’m supposed to be doing good works. In fact, God even prepared these good works in advance. My pastor once explained that the Greek word for workmanship is actually poiema. It’s where we get the English word poem, and it’s often used in Scripture to refer to God’s creative activity.
I have never thought of my work as a poem, have you? Not just a poem, but a poem that God himself is writing. A poem that God has even prepared in advance. The next time I make excuses for my work, the next time I doubt that God is really involved in my daily grind, I’m going to start speaking Greek. I’m not just a lawyer, a mother, a wife, a daughter, or an author. According to God, I’m a poet! And that’s reason enough to stop chasing superwoman and embrace my daily work.
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Today’s guest post is by Susan DiMickele, a lawyer and author whose work touches working moms struggling to live an authentic Christian faith in a fast-paced world. DiMickele’s first book, Chasing Superwoman: A Working Mom’s Adventures in Life and Faith, is a funny, intelligent, and relevant exploration of living out your faith while juggling responsibilities at […]