I have always been a magazine lover. On any given day, you might find a Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray, Real Simple or Oprah magazine peeping out of my mailbox. I love to read through them, get ideas, recipes and make plans. Admittedly, I rarely, if ever actually do anything with those plans and I can probably count on one hand the times I have actually used a recipe found in one of my magazines. But it’s ok. Because magazines are just entertainment. They are produced by people who get paid to be creative and crafty. They aren’t real.
I was an early adopter of Pinterest. I jumped on the bandwagon fairly quickly because I loved the concept of endless creative sharing and evolution. And to my surprise, I find that I actually use quite a few of the ideas I come across on Pinterest. They seem a little more within reach. It’s a “if she can do that, I can do that,” type of thing.
Pinterest also makes me mean. Or maybe it’s jealous or maybe sometimes after a perusing I feel like a big old loser.
I mean, who really has the time to wax seal monogram children’s birthday invitations or who, when at a dollar store, sees a pot scrubby and thinks: “I could make a gorgeous wreath out of that?” And then on top of that, who has the time, in between their homeschooling and making all of their own organic vegan baby food to blog about it with gorgeous layouts and pictures?
Who does that?
It’s the plight of women isn’t it. The constant comparing. The constant feeling like we’re not doing enough.
I love what Galatians 6:4 says to me about this very topic:
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
This hit me like a ton of bricks last night as my sister and I set out for our annual McCall Sister Christmas Cookie Baking Extravaganza. She’s a super busy ER Nurse with a little side business that is growing like a weed. You can see that HERE! I am coming off of the busiest week of my year and gearing up for another busy weekend ahead and then of course there’s Christmas.
Anyways … let’s just say we were ambitious. We had plans to make 5 or 6 kinds of cookies to share with all of our friends but after our first batch of peanut blossoms we looked at each other and said: “that’s it … we ain’t got no more to give.”
We popped our last blossom onto the cooling rack and then plopped ourselves right on the couch. And there we stayed for about two hours.
There was nothing Pinterest-worthy about it. But we had a wonderful time there on the couch and I left feeling recharged after a good long talk with my sis and lots of laughs instead of exhausted and cookie’d – out.
As we head into the Christmas homestretch, I challenge you to write out that verse in Galatians and post it somewhere where you can see it each day. And then when your sister-in-law shows up to your family Christmas with home-made soaps wrapped in paper she pressed out of fresh pine leaves and organic wild oats, you won’t be quite as tempted to think bad thoughts about her in your pretty little head.
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