Welcome to Day 2 in the 7 Days of Hope!
Today, we're talking about not measuring up. (Catch up with Day 1 and our Introduction.)
A few months ago, I sat in a MOPS meeting and made a confession:
"I haven't been able to see the kitchen counter in at least a week. I just keep pushing the piles back and forth, trying to make enough space for the kids to eat."
And then, I cringed. Because surely you're not supposed to admit that kind of stuff out loud. What were these women going to think of me? Were they now judging me? Finding my faults?
But the response was this: "That happens at our house, too." And these lovely women proceeded to tell me about their own messes and how things aren't always perfect.
And then a friend turned to me and said, "Thanks for being real."
In that moment, on that day, I was real. I did share what was really going on. But that's not my normal inclination. I tend to want to keep that imperfection under-wraps. At times, I'm overwhelmed by how underwhelming I seem to be. As I read blogs, check statuses on Facebook, and follow feeds on Twitter, it sometimes appears that everyone else is somehow more "with-it" than me....somehow more "on top" of things...somehow, just "more." The problem is, sometimes we catch a tiny glimpse of someone else's life, and we compare our self to that one small bit of information. But that's not the whole picture.
I love the verse that Stacey shares in this chapter:
"Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you.
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
Don't listen to that voice in your head, telling you that you don't measure up. Listen to God, who tells us with him, we're ALWAYS enough.
How often do you catch yourself comparing your home, job, income, or parenting to someone else?
Leave comment and let's talk about it.
What do you do when you feel yourself making those comparisons?