You Need A Hobby

“You need a hobby!” More than one person has made the suggestion that I get a hobby. Apparently, reading, drinking coffee, being a chauffeur for my kids, laundry, and occasionally binge-watching Netflix does not count. So, I decided to learn to knit. I purchased yarn and knitting needles, and after a couple of instructional YouTube videos and asking my daughter for a little help, I was knitting. (Full disclosure, I had taken knitting lessons once, while I was living in New York, and while my daughter caught on immediately, I just could not get it.)

My first project was a disaster, it looked rather like Swiss Cheese. I kept ripping out stitches and starting over. I tried different needles and yarn, hoping it would help- it didn’t. Finally, my very wise daughter said, “Mom, you have to stop starting over or you are never going to accomplish anything. There are holes, let it go. Finish. You are going to be able to look at that project in a few months and say, ‘Look how far I have come.’”

She is right. When I finished my second project, it looked so much better. It looks good enough that I would actually consider giving it to someone. No, it is not perfect. But we put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect. We must take care to remember that Jesus sees us at our best, as well as our very worst, and still loves us completely. We all make mistakes, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up or keep starting over. Sometimes the best thing we can do is finish what we start and try again. That gives us the opportunity to see just how far we have come.

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