I met up with a friend at the beach a few weeks. We’re very similar, she and I, and it is a shame that we don’t live closer.
We both have the tendency to want to try really hard in certain areas: motherhood, cooking, DIY, etc. Not in a “working for our salvation” or a “legalistic” sort of way at all. Merely because it’s just part of who we are. Multi-tasking doers with a traditional or old-fashioned bent.
However, there is something very very sad about this and it is the way people often hate those who strive for excellence.
“Being real” and having a messy house is glorified. However, if you keep your home clean or don’t discuss all the little annoyances of life then you are “fake” or a “goody goody” or a “show off”. We talked about this and she mentioned some good articles on the topic.
It’s ridiculous, really, and I am frustrated by it.
As Christians, shouldn’t we spur one another on towards excellence, rather than simply patting each other on the back for being mediocre? Besides, simply because I find it important to put scripture around my house does not mean I think you are a heathen for not having it on your own walls. I don’t hate you for not doing it, so don’t hate me for being different and pursuing what I feel the Lord wants me to do.
If I am outside of God’s law, by all means tell me. However, if you are annoyed because I make bread from scratch, get over it. I’m not saying anything about you and I’m not judging you. I am pursuing excellence in my own way and as I feel led by God.
I think that is all I should say on the subject because I don’t want to come across as angry or bitter, but it does sting when people dislike you or mock you because of your earnestness to pursue blessing your family or your earnestness to do what you believe is right. It especially hurts when it comes from the church.
So, rather than rant on, here are some good links on the topic. Read these articles. Think about them. Stop hating people who pursue excellence in their own unique, God-inspired way. Instead, be inspired, or seek after your own unique brand of excellence. It’s there.