The Joneses Stink

Seriously. They do. Not in a “they really need to shower” sense, but in a “why do they keep making me look like a bad mom” sense.

Have you ever felt this way? You have a friend who posts a beautifully plated, home grown, organic, grass fed meal surrounded by perfectly groomed children holding hands and praying to God, thanking them for little Timmy’s genius reading level and Jessie’s wonderful aptitude for violin. Then, you look up from the screen to see your two year old throwing blue box macaroni at the dog, attempting to see how many noodles he can get to stick before the dog can eat them off, and your husband’s plate going cold as he promises “Five more minutes” on his video game. We’ve all been there, especially us moms. The digital age has made it so much easier to see that our lives are so clearly not measuring up to the Joneses. We aren’t really momming that well unless our children are perfect angels fed only the most perfect of foods.

What if I told you that was a lie? That the Joneses are a sham? I’m not saying it’s impossible to have that perfect idyllic life they have, but the trying to keep up part- that part is all wrong. Lean in. Listen close to this next part. You don’t have to be like them. There. I said it. We don’t need to be like the Joneses, or the people down the street, or the other moms in the pickup line, or like anyone else for that matter. The only person you need to keep up with in this world is you. When we take the time to learn to be content in who we are and what our lives really are, we find so much more joy in the little things.

Paul said, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Phillipians 4:12-13 

   There it is. Black and white for you to see. Whether you have much or you have little, learn to be content. Learn to love the crazy little life you live. We each have our own struggles, whether we are a Jones or a regular old McNutt. But when we learn to find joy and contentment in the lives we have today, we lift a weight from ourselves that we didn’t even realize we were carrying. I challenge you today to jot down things you are thankful for, things that make you content with the life you have. And remind yourself that it is okay to want more, but we must also understand that the little we have is still a wonderful blessing from God, and we must be content and recognize that for what it is. Even when my toddler is chucking macaroni noodles at the dog, I stop to pause and realize…. at least it’s not the peas! 

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