TODAY’S FORECAST: Nervous
I am a total sucker for interior design. Since we built our new house, I have combed every design web site and TV makeover show imaginable looking for decorating ideas. I am consistently captivated by articles and shows claiming to teach me how to decorate on a dime, hang the “picture-perfect” collage, arrange my transitional furniture functionally and create ultimate storage solutions. I love walking up and down the aisles of Hobby Lobby or the home décor sections of Target dreaming about finding that perfect accessory that will make our home complete. Don’t even get me started on Pottery Barn and Pier One, if only I had an unlimited budget!
The problem is most of the showrooms we see on the Internet or the TV home makeover shows are just that, showrooms. In other words, they’re not usually meant for “real” people, especially ones with kids. I mean what good is a durable fabric in crème blanc when you’re fighting dirty hands and faces? Throw pillows? Yeah, the key word there is “throw,” meaning my children will throw them on the ground or at each other. I love the pictures of the tastefully decorated kitchens with perfectly organized pantries and freshly squeezed orange juice in crystal pitchers on the counter. As if! Why they don’t feature kitchens with stainless steel fridges full of fingerprints and food smudges, with school papers stacked in piles on the counter and crumbs gathering in the corners? Do they honestly want us to believe these featured “family-friendly spaces” are occupied by “real” families?
Still, I’m betting that many of you, like me, get suckered into this notion that our houses and our lives have to be perfect little showrooms. When company comes over; do you do the “mad dash” like we do trying to make everything look flawless for your guests? Usually, we’re shoving papers in junk drawers and laundry baskets behind closed doors. It’s as if we want to tell the world, yes, our life is always this neat and perfect, and don’t you think better of us now? Would it honestly hurt for a few more people to see the real messes that we make? When most of us live lives that look nothing like those on the interior design websites and home makeover shows, why do we feel the need to pretend like we do? Is it our conscience saying to us that if we appear flawless, then we are? To be perfect is impossible, because there’s only one who is perfect and He knows all our flaws. No matter what accessorizing or decorating we do, He knows us for the fallible creatures that we are.
I found a quote today that I thought was a good one:
We want people to see us at our best, but we need them to love us at our worst, because our worst is just as much a part of ourselves as our very best. –Unknown–
Isn’t that the truth? This week as you look around your home and make your wish lists for decorations, furniture, pictures, table centerpieces, big-screen TV’s or light fixtures like those in the magazines, remember that nobody’s perfect, and whether it’s from Ikea or Ethan Allan, God loves us just the same. Happy Monday.