With pretty pictures everywhere online, it’s easy to play the comparison game. But I want you to know how to avoid it at all costs!
I believe that home is the most important place on earth. I’ve always felt this way.
Home is a space where we can all go to rest and recharge. It’s a safe place for you and for your family. It’s also a place where you can invite other people so that they can rest and recharge. I know this to be true because we have created this space in our home…and I want the same for you.
I also know that for many of you it’s hard to love your home and see the beauty in it because of all of its imperfections. When you’re unhappy with your home, it’s easy to take it for granted and not appreciate it. It’s even easy to dislike it and dare I say, despise it.
But – newsflash – no home this side of heaven is perfect. But you can learn to love your home, the home you have right now.
I really want you to understand something. It’s something I believe with my whole heart.
Comparison is a trap.
In this day and age of constantly being plugged in, of social media everywhere we turn, it’s EASY to get sucked into thinking everyone else has it better than you. It’s so tempting to compare our lives, ourselves and our homes with the picture-perfect world we see online.
But you cannot compare someone else’s highlight reel with your messy, real life.
I’ve told you that perfection is a myth. I also told you that even I am prone to getting sucked into believing that everyone else has it more together than I do. I also apologized for perhaps accidentally allowing you to think that our house is always photogenic or picture-perfect. It’s not. But that’s what I’ve been ‘trained’ to share with you. The pretty. The inspiration. I pray that going forward I can show you a little bit more reality.
For starters, here’s what our dining room has looked like for the last two weeks as we make over the laundry room:
Anyway, my point is, I don’t want you to forget that your life and your house are pretty great. They’re where you’re at now, and if you can’t or don’t want to change that, then that’s where you need to be in this moment!
If you find that social media is causing you to stumble and be miserable, take a break. Stay off Pinterest and Instagram for a few days or a week. Pray through your home. Remember the memories you’ve made there. Make small improvements where possible. And then just choose to be thankful for the home that God has provided for you.