Hang on to your hats, this is gonna sound like a rant.
And I believe it is. It is time for it. It is for me, and perhaps you as well.
It all began a few years ago now. When I found a cool book club for ladies and followed each weekly reading and video. It was an amazing book. AMAZING. God used that book to really change my view of Christianity as a whole.
It was great, there was this emotional connection to these gals and I as we read it together. EVEN though they had read the book like, six months prior......ANNNND prerecorded the videos, ANNNND never met me. Yeah. Like that.
I found blogs. I followed. I cried. I laughed.
And a year went on and I am at this place now where I have grown weary of following,
Women love to be a part of something. Something big. They love big ladies meetings, BIG door prizes, Big lunches and even Big shopping sprees.
I get it. I am one.
There finally reaches a point where Bigger isn't better. Ok, unless you are talking about Mallow Cups. Just.cannot.get.enough.of.them
But besides them, bigger is not better. Sometimes, many times, smaller, quieter, unnoticed is better.
I found that this fantastic woman who writes, takes pictures with really expensive equipment, has narry a bad hair day, yeah, she loves God. That's great.
But she's also meeting her besties several weekends out of the year to just enjoy each other. Flying down south for private teas in gardens, just to know God. Travelling without Littles hither thither and yon eating delish food and hanging out with a whole bunch of other ladies for a week who pay to hear them just "share."
If I could gather twenty of my besties for a weekend every few months, I'd be writing the next bestseller too.
Catch my drift???
When I pop on twitter or instagram and see that no one is caring about the pic itself, but where they can find those boots, those skinny jeans and for Pete's sake that hair color, it just turns my lip up and reminds me that people are people.
Even people who love the Lord. Like, a LOT.
Women helping other women is important. Older women teaching, guiding, loving on the younger women is part of God's design.
But all to quickly, we can look to other women as some kind of Hollywood stars, place them on a pedestal that they themselves might not even want. They comment on OUR comment and we swoon.
Look, I've been there.
Approval from someone we admire is great.
But it's not necessary.
We've swapped it all for the Martha Stewart Christianity thing again.
Because of the spotlight and book promotions we have been drawn to that perfect woman and away from the lady down the street who is so unbelievably wise.
We have forgotten our Pastor's wife who loved us through our ugly cry over not being able to handle one more discipline problem.
We somehow think that the glam makes someone more wise, more adoring, more spiritual than that Mom of four behind us in church who will never see worldly promotion.
Her boots will never be coveted, Her hair color never matched with fervor, Her written words never poured over.
And that is a terrible shame.
Though I never make the NY Times list, my writing is still valuable, and so is yours. If God enables you to do something, do it with your might, though no one may ever know.
Buzz around people takes our eyes off of Him who has always been sufficient for our every need.
He knows our hearts better than a best selling writer.
He wants to meet with us more than hundreds of ladies at a conference.
He IS our BIG NAME speaker.
And you don't need tickets to see Him. You don't have to wait for a sale to nab his latest masterpiece of a book.
You can conform to Him all you desire and find real peace from Him who changes not.
Click out of Twitter. Get your face out of facebook. Forget that book that will be sure to make you the best Christian wife, mother, friend, sister, neighbor, car pooler that you could ever be in the whole entire existence of mankind.
Remember that it's not "them." They don't even know your name.
But He does.
His bestseller will change you and I more than any book known to man.
Sure, they are great in their own way. God used them, terrific. No hate to them.
But good people can be bad people if they keep you from the best PERSON.
My thoughts today.