Finally. . . it's December 1! For months we've waited for this, the most wonderful time of the year.
Yesterday, excited about the holiday season, I did what I'll bet millions of other people did: fired up my computer and began perusing my favorite blogs and Pinterest for great ideas. Almost immediately my attention was captured by this headline: "How to Create a Show-stopping. . . ."
|This was my Christmas foyer last year. I'm just now starting my Christmas decorating for this year.
At the time, I simply left the computer. I got up and washed the dishes; I folded a load of laundry; I started preparations for dinner. And I felt like a failure. Not a single thing I was doing was show-stopping, and my holiday preparations would be just the same.
Then, with a force that's hard to explain, the truth hit me:
Life isn't a show.
It's not a show! So why do I want it to be show-stopping?
As we share our lives with one another via our various social media outlets, it's easy for us to lose sight of that fact. We stage and carefully edit our photos. We write catchy headlines and captions. Many times, we include the good stuff and leave out the bad. But life is full of unstaged and unedited scenes. Real life contains the bad as well as the good, the failures as well as the successes, the mediocre as well as the stunning.
You know what? It all counts. Not just the show-stopping, not just the beautiful, not just the pin-worthy. In fact, we often we gain more from our failures than from our successes. We learn and grow as we struggle and wait. We may get more from the daily grind than the yearly hoopla.
And honestly, sometimes the messes we make are a greater testimony to the truth than our carefully crafted scenes could ever be. Because the truth is that God is at work. God is alive and full of love, and there's no need for us to try to impress Him--not during the holiday season or at any other time.
So this holiday season, I'm trying to leave my desires to create something show-stopping and enjoy real life. True, it's not always pretty, but if I have eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart full of gratitude, I can tell it's pretty wonderful.
What do you think? Are you ready for a real-life Christmas?