I don't know too many home decor bloggers who would like to blog about the most beautiful piece in their living room — if it was a set of DRUMS. It just isn't home decor blog worthy. Creating a beautiful home around A GIANT DRUM SET is challenging to say the least. Especially when all the furniture has been shoved into the dining room to accomodate the drum's presence.
Two rooms completely messed up by one set of drums? For months at a time? A home decor blogger fiasco! A decorating disruption of epic proportions!
Home decorating bloggers like myself clearly LOVE decorating! We enjoy showing off our projects. Let's admit the truth, most home decor bloggers hope for a standing ovation at the end of a DIY project. We want people coming back for more and more of our amazing advice on everything from transforming a bench into a coffee table to how to organize closets into a thing of beauty. And it isn't all selfish or prideful, we really enjoy that we can bless other people with our gifts and encouragement! It is a good thing!
But there is nothing inspiring about these topics: "Before and After: My Living Room Makeover (featuring our new drum set!)" or "30 Ways to Creatively Incorporate A Drum Set in to your Living Room." Those are tips maybe only wives or mothers of musicians could love, right?
In my dreamy life as a home decor blogger, drums are the elephant in the room you just can't work around. They are the thing you don't WANT to work around. They cramp your style. They definitely hinder your creativity. They do not fit with your gifting or passion. They are extremely inconvenient. They take your focus OFF OF YOU and YOUR DESIGN plans and make you think a little more deeply about what really matters in life.
Those drums bring ME to a screeeeching halt.
Well you may or may not have drums in your living room, but you might be able to relate to this type of sacrifice nevertheless. Hang with me here, I have had an epiphany about those drums.
To me, that drum set represents a real sacrifice I am called to make for others without considering if it is convenient, fits with "my gifting or passion" or whether or not it is comfortable for ME. It is a sacrifice I am called to make that isn't about ME. The drums represent a season of my life as a church planter's wife, one that I know has greater eternal consequence than my latest room makeover.
What should challenge and inspire me more than how to transform a dresser from blah to beautiful is this:
How I can sacrificially serve a holy God in the midst of my every day? What sacrifices or "inconveniences" can I graciously accept and even EMBRACE so people can know Him? What eternal impact can I have by simply saying "YES" to GIGANTIC drums in my living room?
You might not literally have drums in your living room. You are probably not a church planter's wife who has to hold music rehearsals in your home (you have to have a bit of crazy in you to sign up to be a church planter's wife!). But like me, God might be calling you turn your eyes off of YOUR idea of the perfect circumstances in which you can serve Him (in a world that revolves around us and our comfort, perhaps!) and celebrate what HE wants to do.
What could we accomplish if we were flexible and joined God in HIS plans instead of trying to fit Him into OURS?
What is God asking you to sacrifice today?
When the drummer left a message on our facebook page telling us that our church has literally saved his life, I knew for sure that drums in my living room are beautiful after all. And drums are definitely blog worthy in the most God-celebrating way.
By Melissa of The Inspired Room