When I was kid, the Precious Moments figurines were pretty popular. The little children with the big heads and big eyes in gentle, innocent poses. People loved them. I even had a Precious Moments Bible I kept in my sock drawer.
I’m not anti-Precious Moments in case you are a collector, but I’ve come to realize that life isn’t that cute and innocent. It’s hard.
We want to have these Precious Moments of perfection, but real life is messy.
Social media doesn’t show us a good shot of real life. I sometimes think there’s something wrong with me if my life doesn’t look like what I think someone else’s life looks like, or if I think they have it together and I don’t. Like I’m lagging behind. I should have more money by now. I should have kids by now. I should have more status and influence. There are so many ways we can compare ourselves.
The truth is, I don’t know if I have my life together. I’m trying my hardest, but I don’t think my life will ever be a model for Precious Moments.
Maybe some people do have it together, but I sure don’t. I do a lot of guessing when I make decisions. I get stressed out and angry. I cry. My wife and I fight. I get really mad at myself for not being able to fix something, or for making it worse.
There’s an insane amount of pressure we can put on our shoulders, and it makes me feel anxious. It’s a daily struggle.
That’s why I’m thankful God says it’s not my job. It’s not my job to make all the right decisions every day and do the math to ensure my life goes exactly to plan. It’s not my job to make sure I never mess anything up.
All I can do is all I can do. Simply put–my anxiety comes when I start trying to do God’s job.
Psalm 139:5 says, “You go before me and follow me.” God is so good that he’s guiding the steps into my future, and he’s so loving that he follows behind me and even creates something good out of my failures.
So if your life is not a Precious Moment collection, maybe you’re not so lost. Ask yourself whose job you’re trying to do today.