A little glimpse into my life today will confirm life isn’t perfect over here. This proves the notion that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.
- I accidentally dried my new jeans. I may never be able to fit in them again.
- Words were typed and sent in a response before my brain was engaged. I wish I could delete them!
- I somehow pulled a muscle in yesterday’s workout. It’s no fun to be in pain.
- We just turned our outside Christmas lights off today… January 24.
Life is clearly not perfect over here, but it still is wonderful.
Through my job and my ministry I have many opportunities to view the lives of others through social media. I see many who appear to be living a perfect, carefree, absent-from-problems life. Living in a perfectly decorated home, wearing perfectly stylish clothes, with a perfectly hip hairstyle, married to a perfectly loving husband, raising perfectly behaved children. You get it, right? Because you’ve seen them, too.
Maybe you, like me, glance at the reality in your own life and wonder, how in the world? And silently we wish our lives were more like hers. We secretly wonder why God gave her such a grand life and not us? Ours are ordinary and messy and anything but perfect. Does God love her more than you and me?
Our homes aren’t perfectly decorated. We may be wearing styles from five years ago. We’re glad some days to simply have a moment to run a comb through our hair. Our husbands aren’t perfect (we aren’t either). Some of us might still be waiting for a husband. Our children are gifts from God, but we all know they aren’t perfect, either. Yet, the gift of a child is what some of us might still be waiting on and praying for.
Our lives are anything but perfect.
The thing is, though, no matter how perfect someone’s life appears, no one has the perfect life. Not you, not me, not that girl who looks as if she does.
And the Scriptures agree, for it is written: There is no one who always does what is right, no, not even one!Romans 3:10 TPT
We all experience hardships and trouble in this life. No one is immune from it.
I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.John 16:33 MSG
Most importantly, God loves us all the same.
God does not show favor to one man more than to another.Romans 2:11 NLV
Friend, life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.
So, we can halt the comparing of our lives to another’s. Instead, let’s thank God for the lives He has given us and cheer on others in the lives He’s given them. When we do that, interestingly, our eyes are fixed on God, not on others. It is there where we will find peace in our circumstances.
We can trust God will fulfill His purposes for the wonderful lives He has blessed us with.
I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for mePsalm 57:2 NRSV
Our lives are wonderful because of God and the purposes He has for you and me. Amen!
So, may God remind us of this the next time we scroll through our social feeds. Our lives don’t have to be perfect for them to be wonderful. Thank you, God! (And may we whisper a prayer for the one who’s life does appear to be perfect. We have no idea what she may be experiencing behind the scenes.)
Much love to you today, friend!
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