But sometimes that translates into looking perfect, and hiding the mess of our real struggles.
And everyone knows that Mondays, starting your work week can be tough.
We laugh when we see funny cat videos on Facebook like this one, captioned "me getting out of bed on a Monday before work" (#MeWithoutCoffee):
So a few Monday's ago while having a great morning commute, complete with my favorite worship songs to build me up for the week, I made a short video to spread the cheer. I was going to post it on the next Monday morning. But the thing is every Monday after was just nuts, and I wasn't feeling it.
Then the full moon rose this week. (things went South) Anyone in healthcare will tell you it's a thing that means everything just goes nuts. I'm not superstitious, but I was feeling the full moon affect all week, starting with the fact that the air conditioner in the office died the day my partner left town for a week--it worked for the entire office, but not my wing. (wa-wa-wahhhhh!)
Then some serious illness circumstances arose to create some major staffing issues (involved parties are improving!). (#MakingMyIssuesVerySmallByComparison)
The internet at home went into snails pace--0.04Mb.....crawling! So I couldn't finish work at home.
Not to mention there was some horrible monthly pain that makes you want to cut something out.
By the time Saturday morning rolled around this weekend a staffer sent me this apt picture on Facebook that summed up the week accurately for most of us:
You get it...
Everyone has a list of junk we don't share.
Crud that we keep track of.
Things that make us compare our list to someone else's and wish our grass was greener.
Welcome to the age old struggle for contentment that started with Adam & Eve.
At some point,
we all look like crazy half-plucked battle-worn chickens!
But resist the urge to compare your imperfect life to the social media posts of everyone's "pretty lives". Admit the truth, that everyone has real struggles, annoyances, pain, pressures, and serious crisis.
The only greener grass--is Jesus.
So, this Monday morning, know this:
2 Corinthians 4:8-12Living Bible (TLB)
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. 9 We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. 10 These bodies of ours are constantly facing death just as Jesus did; so it is clear to all that it is only the living Christ within who keeps us safe.
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.
Find me at: www.anneloveauthor.com