David and I fell in love again. Not with each other so don’t get excited, there’s nothing wrong. We’ve fallen in love with the T.V. show Castle which we only found in reruns this summer and of course is now cancelled. That’s the way we roll.
Because we changed from cable to satellite (long story) we lost most of our recordings. (Hate when that happens.) Ah, but luckily I had an Amazon gift card someone gifted me and I was able to purchase the episodes we were missing.
David and I like to have proximity time together by meeting up in the family room with something good to munch on and an episode of Castle on the screen. We watch only one episode a day (mostly, sometimes we’ll steal in two) in order to savor the allotment of scenes we have left with the beautiful and sexy detective Kate Beckett and her charming, handsome, debonair, and renowned novelist, sidekick, boyfriend, husband (it’s changed along the way) Rick Castle.
We can’t relate to the characters in the least and that’s exactly why we love them. This stunningly gorgeous lady cop can run down bad guys while wearing boots with stiletto heels and tackle them to the floor without getting her long locks locked in her own handcuffs. Rick Castle seems to have an endless amount of cash though we never really see him work. Oh yeah, he’s a writer. All fantasy, shear fantasy.
Well, at least until last night.
Last night there was no fantasy. Beckett came down to my level. A mere mortal. She acted just like me. What a bummer.
Tonight this perfect cop found herself to be not so perfect in her own eyes because she let her eyes compare herself to someone else. She meets her match. Gasp!
Another lady detective shows up on the scene who appears to have it all. She’s attractive, has a two kids and a movie star husband. She one ups Beckett in everything, naturally it seems. Not only is she a better shot than Beckett, she is tougher, faster, and can kick butt with her martial arts skills. I’m fairly sure she did this all while wearing higher heels than Beckett. Let’s just throw that in…not that it matters. I’m just saying.
When normally confident Beckett compares herself to his woman she becomes insecure and totally deflated. And that’s when I wanted to turn off the T.V. Who wants to watch normal? I can see that every day when I look into the mirror.
This T.V. revelation gave me cause to pause and consider 3 reasons we shouldn’t look around to others.
- When we compare we dare to tell God He’s wrong. That’s right. Wrong. God has given us everything we have—our gifts, our talents, our appearance. Our place in this life. He has a unique purpose for each of us. Just because we might not be at the destination we want doesn’t mean we won’t get there. We all have a different journey, path. But comparing what God’s already given to someone else won’t get us down the road any faster.
- Comparing plants the seed jealousy, envy and bitterness into the fertile soil of our heart. A place we should preserve to grow love.
- Looking at others and comparing makes us feel less of who we are. When we look at the accomplishments of others we start to belittle our own. Face it there will always be somebody who can do something better than us.
Oh yeah, there really is a reason 4: When we compare we’re just like everyone else who does the same thing. Who wants that?
By the end of this episode detective Beckett discovers something most of us already know. This supposedly perfect lady cop was not so perfect after all. She had her own host of problems. She was spending so much time being super cop she never saw her kids and her marriage was falling apart. What looked perfect to Beckett on the outside was actually a weak and decaying structure on the inside. She realized what she had was more than good.
In the end Beckett was actually being a good example after all. Sooo, I guess I’ll have to force my hubby to another episode of Castle tomorrow…I mean just to see of course if I can learn anything else of value. Ahem.
“Each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift and another has that.” 1 Corinthians 7:7
Looking forward, pressing on and seeking God in every bump and twist in the road.