Monday, January 19, 2009
A Novel Idea
You don't have to be around me very long to know I love to read! It started somewhere back there with Winnie the Pooh and Dr. Seuss and progressed to Nancy Drew and the Mandie books. By junior high, I had read most of the Janette Oke and Lori Wick books and anything else I could get my hands on. Then, I met the man of my dreams and got married. Somehow reading about the romances of various schoolgirls on the prairie and otherwise lost its luster. To me the plots became predictable (boy meets girl, boy or girl#2 comes along and tries to wreck it, boy and girl end up together happily ever after), boring (who wants to read fiction when you have the real thing) and too perfect.
Now, my husband isn't perfect (but he comes just about as close as any human being can!) and neither is yours. I began to think of the effect these books may have on women. If you love fiction, keep reading. I'm not knocking the books or the authors. I even gave away a Lori Wick book last week (incidentally, the winner is giving it to her daughter). Stay with me!
Girls need an example of what a godly romance looks like. However, there could be a problem if we begin comparing Mr. Wonderful in the book to our real life Prince Charmings. I can sit and swoon over a man who fights for his lady in the Old West saloon but fail to appreciate the fighting with the world my husband does each day to stay pure and faithful to me. I could long for someone who commiserates and understands perfectly a whiny woman or thank God for a husband who isn't afraid to say, "I don't want to hurt you, but don't you think you owe that person an apology for what you said?" I can admire a man who is always immaculately groomed or realize that the sweaty brow or dirty hands my husband has when he walks through the door have put food on our table that week.
Please don't think that I never read fiction and think you shouldn't. That is not the case. I just want to encourage you to always keep in mind the real romance you have right in front of you. As I've said already, it's your very own fairy tale. Enjoy!
What are some ways you enjoy your fairy tale in every day life?