Do you ever find yourself wishing for a different reality? I will admit that I have spent time over the last couple of weeks dwelling on realities other than my own. The more I thought about it, the more anxious and depressed I got. If I’m not careful, dwelling on the seemingly perfect lives of others can easily cause me to tail spin into a deep, dark, hole. Oh, I didn’t go there. But I could have. Or maybe I did and I just don’t want to admit it.
Exhaustion has often found me on the couch spending extended time “catching up on social media”. I love connecting with friends and family through Facebook, Instagram and through blogging, but when I am feeling low and have the wrong perspective of my own life, looking at the seemingly perfect lives of others can throw me for a loop. A blogger shared pictures of her beautiful new home, and I found myself desiring a bigger house. Another shared about the birthday surprise her husband went all out and did for her, and I found myself longing for the romance that existed in my marriage long ago. Perfect recipes photographed, children running and laughing, life lived full right before my eyes and I wonder why I seem to be stuck in the mundane.
What am I chasing after? What reality is it that I am seeking?
I want to be thankful for this life that God has so graciously blessed me with and embrace my own reality. I am alive. I have a loving and committed husband who works hard to provide for our family. I have four beautiful children and a son-in-love who pursue the Lord passionately with their gifts of worship. I have a job, serving my Pastor and church community at a place where I am privileged to use my gifts of administration, worship and the arts to glorify the Lord. And, I have numerous friends, both in-real-life and through cyberspace that God has brought to me. They are treasures, gifts to me. I should be more thankful.
I am tired, and often don’t have the energy to do all that I want to do.
But today, I am embracing the reality that I am healthy and His strength resides in me.
My house is not that clean. It’s actually a mess right now.
But today, I am embracing the reality that I have a place to call home.
I don’t have a lot of money. We struggle in so many ways.
But today, I am embracing the reality that God cares for our basic needs.
I get angry, lose my temper and yell at my kids. (Yes, I did just admit that!)
But today, I am embracing the reality that His mercies are new every morning.
I don’t always agree with my husband or show Him Christ’s love.
But today, I am embracing the reality of a man who loves me unconditionally, no matter what.
I sometimes get frustrated at my job, or that I have to work at all.
But today, I am embracing the reality that I get to work in place where God is glorified.
My reality may not look like everyone else’s reality, but it is mine. And today, I am embracing my reality with a heart of thanksgiving.
And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:20 NLT)
What does your reality look like today my friend? Will you offer up thanksgiving to the Lord today for all that He has given to you?