Easter is fast approaching and I’ve tried to think of the perfect things to do… you know, cute Easter baskets, treats for Sophia’s class, something cute for my co-workers, crafty decorations for the house, etc. Like millions of other women, I turn to Pinterest (it’s okay, just admit that you do it, too).
I do love Pinterest. Really, I do. But, there in the midst of all the inspiration and DIY craftiness, I find something that turns me away every time – comparison.
I’ll be honest with you – I can’t do all of those wonderful things I’ve pinned to my boards. In fact, I’ll be happy to get just one of my Easter pins done. And while I’d like to say without hesitation that I’m okay with that, the truth is that it comes with some guilt.
There are some women who seem to have it all together. You know the ones – cute haircut, trendy boots & a great outfit, brining organic, homegrown snacks for the kindergarten class and planning this week’s bible study. Her house is well-decorated and her children are clean & well-mannered. She is Pinterest-worthy. She is the one you look at and wonder, “how does she do it?”
I know that woman. I even like that woman. And the thing that bothers me about her really isn’t about her at all. You see, it isn’t jealousy or envy. It’s assumptions. We assume things about her life based just on what we see, when the reality is probably very different from what we think we know.
No one can do it all. God has given each of us strengths and skills that are unique to our stories and our experiences. There are some things that I do really well and other things that don’t turn out right no matter how hard I try. This idea of perfection that lingers in my thoughts and whispers in my ear, reminding me of where I fall short, is nothing more than a lie.
My worth is not tied to the amount of things in my children’s Easter baskets or the outcome of my DIY project. I may only get to 3 of the things on my to-do list today, go to the office with little or no make-up on, & choose my outfit depending on whether I have time to iron. And that’s okay.
Because He fills in the gaps. He steps into my ordinary. Those spaces where I fall short, He fills in. No, I’m not meant to do it all. And neither or you.
So, if your to-do list didn’t get done today and you’re feeling less-than-sufficient for this crazy life, take heart. Just as there will always be others further ahead on this journey, there will also be others behind you.
“Each one should test their own actions.
Then they can take pride in themselves alone,
without comparing themselves to someone else.”