So, I found out about this cool giveaway on a blog that I follow, Slow is the New Fast. The giveaway is a baseball cap from a company called Tough Chik, and it is pretty cute. One of the ways to get entries is to post a comment about what makes you a touch chik. That one made me stop and think.
I often feel soft and fluffy and not tough. But, when I do make it to the gym and get in a good workout, I do feel tough. I am often proud of the physical things that I can accomplish when I am working with a trainer. I can push myself and do more than I thought was possible on my own. A lot of this is because of the strength that I draw from the trainer.
But more importantly in my life, when I am mothering my children and I handle a difficult situation with patience, calm, and wisdom I feel tough. But I have to admit that I also feel completely dependent on God during those times, too. I know that I am not patient, calm, and wise on my own strength. Just like I draw strength from the trainer (and friends) when I am working out, I rely on God for strength during the tough times of life. Immediately I think about parenting, but marriage, friendships, extended family, church, etc. all have rough times as well. When I try to push through those tough times on my own, I feel weak and often depressed. When I turn to God and the support system He has provided for me, I feel His strength. I think that is probably what makes me feel the most like a tough chik.
How about you? And don't forget about the giveaway if you would like a chance to share your toughness with the world.