Life would be easier if…
I’ll be happier once I...
All I want right now is…
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that most of you had no problem finishing these thoughts. To daydream about what life would be like with more time, resources, talents, maybe even more people… it’s pretty normal. It’s human nature to think about the one thing we don’t have rather than all of the wonderful things that we do.
From the trivial things (for instance, right now life would be easier if I could figure out how to wear my hair in this humidity, I’ll be happier once I eat lunch and all I want right now is another cup of coffee… and a brownie) to the things that we feel in our core are missing from our lives, we’re all searching for the magic equation that equals a happy, fulfilled life. Striving for happiness in this world is a huge challenge and for many reasons, but let’s focus on just one.
What does true happiness or “having it all” actually look like? If we look no further than our TV, smart phone or the latest fashion magazine, it’s pretty easy to find the problem in chasing perfection. That sunshiny, wonderful, every-moment- is-Instagram- worthy life that we see portrayed time and again… it doesn’t exist!
Revolutionary discovery? No, but it’s something that we need to remind ourselves of constantly. Having it all is not something we’re meant to have on this earth. God made us so many truly amazing promises: answers to our prayers, unconditional love, free forgiveness for our sins and the glory that awaits us in heaven. But a perfect life… that isn’t one of them.
The pressure to be everything and do everything as a woman, a wife, a mother, an employee can be stifling. Think of almost any commercial for a household product. The woman in perfect makeup, pressed button-down shirt and crisp khakis happily mopping her already immaculate kitchen floor is not reality. (And please don’t tell me if it is, because otherwise I may crawl into the corner of my constantly crumb- filled kitchen in my faded yoga pants and cry).
Having it all and being it all for the people in our lives is something we’ll always fall short of. God blessed us each with unique talents and abilities and that means that we all have different strengths, but it also means we all have weaknesses. I will never be that mom who comes up with adorable arts and crafts for my kid to do, just seeing those dreaded three letters, D-I- Y makes my knees go weak. Any “fun” idea I have for the house is a Pinterest fail waiting to happen. And that is just the start of my shortcomings as a mother and a person. Some days I’m short on patience, love, kindness or compassion and the people in my life suffer for it.
But thank heaven, we have a Savior that has it all, who is it all and who shares it all with us freely. Everything we truly need on this earth is ours through him and more importantly everything we need for our life after we’ve left this earth is ours as well.
So although life may not be perfect, in his promises, we will always find perfection.