Today I am reminded me that God has all of us on our own paths, and we shouldn’t compare the way God has us walking to any other persons path.
Some of us appear to have similar paths, and some of our paths look completely different from each other.
As moms I think we are constantly trying to improve on how we do things. We often tend to look to each other for inspiration and guidance. Unfortunately this can also lead to a natural human tendency to start playing the comparison game.
You’ve probably heard the quote Comparison is the Thief of Joy, but I’ll go further and add that not only does it steal your joy, but it will hold you in a bondage that never allows you to become YOU!
Comparison keeps us from ever reaching the fullness of who we are meant to be! There is only one person who can fill my shoes and I need to stop trying to force someone else’s shoes onto my feet! But I also need to stop forcing my shoes on others as well.
If you watch TV you’ll see Mother’s Day depicted in a certain way. We all assume that is how it has to be, and for most of us it is merely a glimpse of the reality of Mother’s Day. The smiling, happy faces of those who love us bringing us flowers, candy, jewelry, and more.
But for some, Mother’s Day is not the happy hallmark holiday you see plastered on a jewelry store ad. It is in fact nothing more than a reminder of what they do not have.
It was a good reminder to me to pray for those who have lost family, hurting family, or no family.
I thank God for the path he has placed me on.
But I also thank Him that he is constantly reminding me that my path is not the only way his children walk. I want to always be open to seeing the paths of others, and never get so caught up in my own path that I begin to think my way is the only way.