“It Doesn’t Have to be Your Favorite”

not favoriteThis phrase, coined by my wife, has become a new mantra in our home.

You’ll hear it as we dish up dinner onto colored plastic plates…

You’ll hear it as we discuss our plans for the day…

You’ll hear it as we select the radio station in the van…

You’ll hear it as we pick a movie to watch…

“It doesn’t have to be your favorite.”

What a great reminder.

In a world where I can have so many things exactly as I want them (think of your favorite frozen yogurt shop), I’m trying to keep in mind that everything doesn’t have to be my favorite.

Family life is filled with the mundane. There’s much more house cleaning and diaper changing than spectacular sex.

Work is often repetitive and tedious. There are more unmemorable emails to write than high-pressure deals to close.

Church is usually pretty ordinary. It’s more often the same band, same preacher, same people, and same order of service rather than a surprise visit from your favorite podcast preacher.

This is okay, because it doesn’t have to be your favorite.

Let’s keep our heads down, thank God for what we have, and remember that God owes us nothing. Much of what he gives is far beyond what we deserve and often more than we need — even if it isn’t always our favorite.

Published by Luke Simmons

I was born and raised in Denver, CO and lived there through high school. Then I moved to Champaign, IL where I attended the University of Illinois and played on the Fighting Illini baseball team. I was married in December, 2001 to Molly, who I met at the U of I. In June of 2002, we moved to Phoenix and have been here ever since.

6 thoughts on ““It Doesn’t Have to be Your Favorite”

  1. I love this post! Spot on, Luke! It’s a journey in learning to master the mundane with a grateful spirit.

    1. Good question. Not sure. I find people who can’t accept things that aren’t their favorite gripe, complain, or leave — whether they’re Millenials or not. I think everyone is about equally selfish.

      If anything, I’m inclined to think that younger folks appreciate you not trying to sell them on something.

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