I saw a news story recently...and let me just clarify, it was the real ABC news, not TMZ or Steve Harvey, where I normally get my information from...anyway, the story was about a former "Mommy Blogger." She left her successful blog, where she apparently was getting paid up to $1,500 for posts and had over 50,000 unique views each month because she got caught up in living the "picture perfect" blog life. She said she felt she couldn't live "in" the moment because she was trying too hard to get perfect pictures for her upcoming blog posts. We can all relate to that right, whether you have a blog, Facebook, or just an avid scrapbooker. We have all ruined happy moments trying to get everyone to look at the camera..at the same time. We have all taken and deleted selfies over and over, because we don't like the way our chin looks in a certain picture.
In fact, this was our Christmas card picture this year, and not because we were trying to be cute and creative with an upside down child, we were just trying to get a picture of everyone cooperating. You gotta do what you gotta do, right?
When I listened to the former blogger's story, my heart broke for her. I wrote a post a few months ago with the help of a few of my friends called, Count Your Blessings. It's all about being thankful in life's messy situations. If there's anything I am good at in life; it's not being perfect. In fact, that's where the title of my blog came from. I need a rough draft for most things in life; everything is a work in progress around here. Like you, I read people's blogs and Facebook and feel intimidated that my life isn't what their's appear to be. Where's the messy hair...where's the stacks of mail in the background of the pictures? It's all I can do to coordinated everyone's clothes for annual family pictures...why are their kids coordinated...on a random Thursday?
As I mentioned in my Count Your Blessings post, my Facebookless husband calls social media the "devil," and I think he may be onto something a little. Satan works hard to steal your joy by complicating your life. It's easy to look at other people's vacations, homes, marriages, families, and compare yours to theirs, but remember most people only post their best days on Facebook. We're human, we want stuff. Stuff make us feel important. We work hard and save up to buy stuff. We even pray that God will help us get the desires (stuff) of our hearts. But, when we tell God, we need stuff to feel secure in life, in a way we're telling God he doesn't complete us. We need more! It was easy for me as a six year old preacher's daughter living in the Bible Belt to accept Jesus Christ as my Savior. I knew all the right words, I knew a few memory verses, but I am here to say truly making him the Lord of my life is something I struggle with daily. Stuff just gets in the way.
I'm a work in progress, and I am working on being in the moment with my friends and family and breathing it in. Wanting less and just being simple. I am thankful for a God that sees me and all my stuff, and grants me new mercies everyday. This life I'm living is simply a rough draft...
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