Saturday, November 19, 2016

Letting Go of Perfection

My Grammy passed away last week at the age of 91. She had a great life here on Earth, and an even better one that lies ahead. When I think back on what I know about her, and what she did in her life, there is a lot of good stuff to say about her. She was kind and gentle. Loving and graceful. She was a prayer warrior, always praying for the needs of others. The one thing she was not though, was perfect, and she never tried to be. The best part about that was that she was totally ok with it. She knew she wasn't created for perfection. She was created to love and serve, and that's just what she did, and she never felt like she missed out on anything.

Maybe it was because times were different back then. People moved at a slower pace and there wasn't  as much pressure to hurry and get a million things done in one day. People valued building relationships over building a perfect home. They spent more time creating memories instead of creating to-do lists and more time being grateful than trying to be more.

This is a lesson for all of us. Especially now with social media. I feel mediocre at best, when I see some of these Instagram feeds. Don't get me wrong, I love looking at beautiful photos of nicely decorated homes and perfectly styled vignettes of vintage goods. What I don't love is when I don't see any photos of real life in that person's feed. I once saw a photo of the cutest little pigs from one of the people I follow, and do you know what her caption read, "Is this too much for you guys? I know it's not my typical post, so be honest if you don't want to see stuff like this".

Whhhaattttt???!!!! Was she serious? Of course I responded, "Please don't stop! I love seeing the behind the scenes stuff. I need to see more real-life photos on here". I know that some of you may disagree and that's fine, but honestly, this needs to change. We are real people and we are far from perfect. We need more real-life stories!

Take for instance this story of Mary and Martha, when Jesus comes over for dinner.

38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10:38-42 

Boy did Martha have it all wrong. When I read this story I just want to cry, because too many times, guess what, I am just like Martha! This year I have been working hard on letting go of perfection, and I'll tell you, it hasn't been easy, but I value real life more. I want to build relationships, savor the precious moments, and love others with all my heart, because we don't know when our life here on earth is going to end. Let's not miss out on what is most important. Let's love this life we have and let's say goodbye to perfection!

Many Blessings,

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