Now. Have you ever seen a romantic comedy? There's almost always that part of the movie when Joe and Sally have gotten together and they are obviously quite happy. To show us how happy they are we see a montage of happy scenes - them walking in the park hand in hand, Sally stuffing an ice cream cone in Joe's face which makes them both laugh. A shot of them making dinner together- Joe feeds Sally a taste of marinara sauce from the spoon, which of course starts a steamy make out scene.
My third example is Pinterest. Yup- just all of Pinterest. Everything on there is the best idea you've ever heard of when it comes to crafts, cooking, baking, cleaning, organization.... you name it. It's on there.
I like to call these things the Highlight Reel. There is nothing wrong with the highlight reel. There is nothing wrong with seeing other people happy and doing well and crafting up a storm.... until it makes you start to question what you have, and what you do.
Dang, I want to go to Machu Pichu. I wish I had more friends that I could hang out with. Shoot, I really should be more active. I wish I had a boyfriend. Man, I want to be pregnant SO badly.....
They look so happy. Maybe we should get a dog- I bet we would go for more walks. We never make dinner together like that. Look how steamy their sex life is......
Ugh, I wish I made my own bread. I really should start making my own granola bars instead of buying them. Oh right. As if my pantry could EVER be that organized....
When we become dissatisfied with what we have, we tend to forget to be grateful for things we have been blessed with. It can start out as just a thought here and there about how we wished our house was bigger or had better plumbing, but then breed into a bitterness that consumes our thoughts. Suddenly, every time you stub your toe it's that stupid baseboard that sticks out from the corner's fault, (not your clumsiness.) Each creek in the floorboards rises up an anger in you, and your admiration of someone else's open concept living room and kitchen comes off as complaining about what you have rather than complimenting your friend.
You may even become convinced that everyone else is thinking what you are thinking and feel like you have to make excuses for why you haven't bought a new home yet- or at the very least let them know every chance you get how great your desire is to get out of dodge. To be content in such a crappy house is an absurd thought, and you certainly don't want people to think you're crazy.
I wonder though, if it wold be so crazy to find contentment in all situations. I am not saying that we can't admire the blessings that others have received, but I do know that I could do a little better in appreciating my own blessings and gifts, and stop coveting what others have. I desire to have a heart of gratefulness that is not determined by my own circumstances, but instead a testament to who gave me all that I have. If I feel like I am waiting for God to open a new door for me- I want to praise him in the hallway, and when a storm comes along in my life, I want to praise Him through it, knowing that no matter where I am in my life, He is always the same. I know that it is so much harder to be thankful and praise God for what we have in hard times, which is why it is SO important to be grateful for the little things now- to train our hearts in these quiet, seemingly small moments.
I want to catch each highlight in my life and embrace it fully. Drinking it in, and letting it saturate my heart. I want to thank Jesus for giving me that moment and for the the reminder that my highlight reel is miles and miles long. You couldn't fit my montage in the entirety of a feature film, let alone the 2 minute flash of scenes we see in the movies.
I mean, really- who needs Machu Pichu when they have a husband who rubs their back and kisses her forehead sweetly before bed after a long day?
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