Let me tell you a figurative story of how comparison trapped me in the past.
One time God gave me a special calling to carry out. My step was firm, my eye on the horizon. My desire was to keep moving forward and complete the mission.
As I walked in life, a shiny flash to the left caught my eye. I did a double-take at the shining wonder; my steps slowed to a stop. I saw another girl’s calling. It was beautiful…sparkly…glorious! A wishful breath filled my lungs—it was what I wanted.
I looked down in dismay at the calling I carried in my hands. It seemed less than special.
When I looked up again, I noticed iron bars akin to a prison cell were forming between me and the shiny object. Or were they? I felt them more than saw them. Feeling somewhat trapped, I gazed to the right to search for a more comforting view.
On the Right
Another sparkling entity stood in plain view and immediately captured my attention: another girl’s talent. My eyes locked on the marvelous wonder, a longing burned inside that my talent could be like this. The longer my eyes stayed locked on it, the more the tugging increased. The intense magnetic longing for it pulled me to my knees.
My eyes shot to the talent in my hands that I once deemed uncommon and pleaded with it to become as glorious. As my head hung in dismay, more iron bars emerged from the ground at my knees. I scanned them slowly and reached for a bar. Yes—it was real.
Panic threatened the edges of my heart, and I stood up quickly, remembering I needed to keep moving forward. Bars now to my right and left, I remembered how I was adamant before I started this journey: I wouldn’t go backward. The only way was straight in front of me.
In Front of Me
Then why did I keep looking down? Almost ready to take that first step forward, a mixture of confused and hopeless thoughts flooded my mind.
What seemed so special before now seems altogether ordinary and unimportant.
Why didn’t—why couldn’t— I have those shiny treasures?
Wasn’t I good enough?
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