Thursday, March 2, 2017

Balancing the Glitter

I got thinking about this earlier in the week.
And simply wanted to share a few thoughts.

It's all about finding the calm in the chaos sometimes.

I found these words hitting home.
Sometimes, to others, I often feel like our lives (well, not mine specifically, but in general, you know...) "look" like masterpieces from the outside.

Like really, there are some people who think you've got your life together; a masterpiece on display.
A beautiful home, the perfect job, the hubby, the kids, the pets, the vacations, the clothes, the cars, etc. 

And, meanwhile, on the inside, you are simply feeling like a work in progress. 
An artist steady painting the canvas, but nothing of masterpiece quality to show for it.

And guess what?!?
It's totally ok.

**side note: my daughters helped me out with the visual - they were super excited!**

We have this clear picture of what life should be:

Free of clutter and chaos.
You have "stuff" come in a start to take over.
A hubby, a house, a job, a child, get the picture.
One by one, the "stuff" starts filling up your "clear" picture.
And then all of the sudden life gets flipped-turned upside down.
(show of hands many just sang the song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?!?)
And then you have stuff everywhere...
Maybe a mass chaos to you on the inside, but still a beautiful picture from the outside.
And sometimes, you just need to sit.
Sometimes I think we need to take a look at all the chaos and simply know that it's not going to last forever.
We need to sit and enjoy the change it does bring.
Before you realize it, the calmness will return, but maybe not before life gets shaken up again.

There will be times when we need to pull others in to help us get through the times when life just continues to add chaos.  We need people in our lives to remind us to look at these times like pieces of glitter, simply making our masterpiece one of a kind!  Sometimes, that might mean coming alongside a friend and just being with them, together, as the glitter settles and the chaos finds balance again.

No matter what - there is still beauty inside out.
It's ok to be a work in progress because your masterpiece is always going to be one of a kind!


1 comment:

  1. From our birth through our death, we are all a work in progress. We are shaped by every experience in our lifetime. That includes the good stuff and the not-so-good stuff. Although we will never reach "perfection" while living on Earth, we can reach "excellence". The great thing about that is that the "bar" of excellence can continually be raised as our lives go on, as we learn and grow from our mistakes, and our victories. Because we are imperfect and live in an imperfect world, everyone is going to have trials, problems, chaos, . . . . you name it, but the great thing is, none of that escapes God's notice, and because He loves us perfectly, He has created us all for relationship. Like one of the members of our small group said recently, there is only one you and you were created uniquely for purpose. Therefore, we can always help each other, encourage each other, serve each other, pray for each other, and simply "listen" to each other.