Comparison Is the Thief of Joy

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Ahhh, Monday, we meet again.  It’s the start of a busy but exciting week around here, and it’s a much needed reminder to me that sometimes I just need to trust the road that I’m on.  The blogging world can be such an amazing, supportive community, but it can also create a bit of unwanted competitiveness.  From time to time I struggle with comparing myself and my blog to others, wishing I could do this better or that, grow my social media more quickly, connect with this brand or that one, and so on.  I hate that I do it, but I do.  Eric is constantly reminding me to slow down and focus on how far this little blog has come.  And then there’s my mom.  Well I swear sometimes she just knows.  (That’s what moms do I guess.)  She sent along another gem from Max Lucado last week that was exactly what I needed, and I just have to share.

A little boy named Adam wanted to be like his friend Bobby.  Adam loved the way Bobby walked and talked.  Bobby, however, wanted to be like Charlie.  Something about Charlie’s stride and accent intrigued him.  Charlie, on the other hand, was impressed with Danny.  Charlie wanted to look and sound like Danny.  Danny, of all things, had a hero as well: Adam. He wanted to be just like Adam.
   So Adam was imitating Bobby, who was imitating Charlie, who was imitating Danny, who was imitating Adam.
   Turns out, all Adam had to do was be himself.
   Stay in your own lane.  Run your own race.  Nothing good happens when you compare and compete.  God does not judge you according to the talents of others.  He judges you according to yours.  His yardstick for measuring faithfulness is how faithful you are with your own gifts.  You are not responsible for the nature of your gift.  But you are responsible for how you use it. – Max Lucado

Pretty good, right?  So here’s to a great week ahead and a little more focus on staying in my own lane.  Cheers, y’all.


Photos thanks to Vincent Elejorde

4 Comments on Comparison Is the Thief of Joy

  1. Becky Maggio
    January 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm (7 years ago)

    We darn women drivers!! Great reminder to stay in our own lane!! Thanks, Nikki… and your awesome Mom 😘

  2. miriam
    January 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm (7 years ago)


  3. Cassydy
    January 16, 2017 at 9:38 pm (7 years ago)

    Loved this post, Nikki!

  4. Ms. Lisa
    January 17, 2017 at 12:48 pm (7 years ago)

    Wise Mom you have Nikki! Be your own…….


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