This blog writing is a tricky business. I've been made aware that a recent post might have been considered a slur on some people. Ack! So, once again, I am compelled to offer somewhat of a revision.
I've heard Beth Moore say that she gets letters, emails, and calls all the time about the things she says that are misinterpreted. I get it now. The more you put your thoughts out there, the more opportunity for misinterpretation.
Here's the truth: there is nothing wrong with the beautiful, picturesque blogs that document good eats, beautifully decorated homes, and fabulous crafts! Those blogs are all about giving other people ideas and suggestions. Yah! I'm all for that!
Here's what I'm saying: if we let ourselves start to believe that those bloggers only and always have craft-filled days in beautiful, clean homes that are filled with the aroma of fresh-baked baklava or some other time-consuming pastry, then we are headed into a pit of delusion and self-loathing. Because that is what's documented in the world around us, I think we are tempted to believe that is the reality in which other people live. I believe it is reality, distorted. Only one side of reality. The other side is two screaming kids when you have your hands in hamburger meat (or ground turkey), six loads of laundry hiding behind the door of your meticulously organized laundry room, or cereal bowls and pop-tart wrappers left on the table from breakfast because you barely made it out the door in time for preschool.
If any of you are still reading, while I'm on this soap box, I'd just like to add one more thing. I do think there's another possible danger in reading blogs, magazine articles, or other materials that exclusively publish all things creative. I think, no, I know, because people have told me as much, that it can cause us to think we are not as creative. But we are! We are made in God's image. And He is the most creative! Think of the long-necked giraffe, the armored rhinoceros, the caterpillar that turns into a butterfly...His imagination is WILD! And He made us in His image. We have wild imaginations too! We may not be creative in the craft department (I'm not), but we might be creative in problem-solving, or discipline techniques, or cooking with herbs, or figuring out how to exercise WITH our kids when we can't find a way to get to the Y...the possibilities are endless! But we are creative! I am creative! You are creative!
And, yes, I intentionally posted my "picture-perfect" post after stating the dangers of picture-perfect posts. Intentional I tell ya! A little irony for ya. Just trying to keep it light and fun up in here.
Here's hoping for a light mood and fun day for each of you!
A Work In Progress Who's Striving to Dwell in the Sanctuary of the Most High
"Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He...who has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellow man..." Psalm 15
(So much for a Friday off. But so glad I was made aware of what might have been assumed so I could clear up any misunderstandings.)