Be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars. ~Henry Van DykeI'll admit it. I'm suffering from a bad case of "restless life syndrome" right now. Though my days are full of perfectly lovely God-crafted moments, there are some rough patches that look a lot like our backyard - scratchy and prickly and uncomfortable. I'm praying for rain. I know it's coming - it always does. But right now, it's dry. And I'm dry.
And it's easy in seasons like this to allow my eyes to wander - to look longingly at the lives of others and begin crafting stories that I just know are far more adventurous and sexy than mine could ever be.
I begin writing fairy tales, when my own true story - with its seasons of drought and its seasons of rain - has a far greater "happily ever after" than anything I could imagine or even think.
And that's cheating on this life.
Don't allow the flirtations of someone else's beautiful life to catch your eye. Don't dabble in the affections of another's journey. If you chase after a different story, you'll stumble and scatter every word of your own. Live your life fully. Grab that pen and write. Let the Lord breathe the words into your heart. Let the Lord craft the most beautiful sentences out of those words. Let your God-given, everyday life be the best story you tell. (inspired by Proverbs 6)