Today I am reminded that there are many who are hurting this Mother’s Day.
God has all of us on our own paths, and we shouldn’t compare the way God has us walking to any other person’s journey.
Some of us appear to have similar paths, and some of our paths look completely different from each other.
And that is perfectly alright.
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 bondage that never allows you to become YOU!
Comparison keeps us from ever reaching the fullness of who we are meant to be!
I need to stop trying to force someone else’s shoes onto my feet and be content with my own shoes!
But I also need to stop forcing my shoes on others as well.
Mother’s Day is a time when it becomes really clear to me that we are not all created the same.
If you watch TV you’ll see Mother’s Day depicted in a certain way, as if that is the only way.
We all assume that is how it has to be, 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 breakfast in bed, flowers, candy, jewelry, and more are just not the reality for all moms.
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 to some of what they do not have.
Women who have lost family, hurting families, or no families at all – Happy Mother’s Day to you!
I pray that you will feel loved and wanted today regardless of the path you find yourself on.
I thank God for the path he has placed me on, but I also thank Him for constantly reminding me that my path is not the only way his children walk.
Also, 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.
I encourage you to be thoughtful of those who may be hurting this Mother’s Day.