Stop the Comparison Game

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“Small things have big influence.”— Emily P. Freeman

We are told at a young age that we can be anything we want to be. It’s totally acceptable for a child to want to be a cowboy or a princess or president. When I was in sixth grade, that meant I was going to Harvard. My Language Arts teacher never made me feel like that dream was not attainable. He encouraged me every step of the way to make that dream a reality. Never telling me that the chances of acceptance were slim or that even if I was accepted, affording it was a whole other challenge. I will never forget how he let me dream dreams that were bigger than myself and gave me the confidence to fight for what I wanted.

Since then, my dreams have changed, but I still have always wanted a life bigger than myself and bigger than my circumstances and have accomplished most anything I set my mind to. I am surrounded by people doing extraordinary things. They have big lives that are fueled by big dreams. In my “grown-up” state, I have begun to play the comparison game. I look at what they are doing or have done or are going to do, and I think that my dreams and accomplishments are not enough. Even more so, that God’s calling on my life isn’t significant enough. I have bought into the lie that the ones on the front lines are the important ones.

God has called us all to different things. The Bible says we are all “the body of Christ” and that each part needs the others in order to function properly. I have been given a great example in my own life of how true this is. A few weeks ago, my thumb started hurting and locking up. I quickly realized how much I depend on this little appendage. Writing with a pen was difficult, opening anything had to be done with the other hand…this little part of myself was creating chaos because it wasn’t doing what it was designed to do.

During this time, I also started reading “Simply Tuesday” by Emily P. Freeman. This book hit the nail on the head. In a world that celebrates big things, we need to see the significance in the small. There are no small callings in God’s world. If He has given you a task, it’s huge and needs YOU to accomplish it. By feeling like it is a “small task” or not as great as what someone else is doing, you are depriving the world of something great. When I compare what I am doing with someone else and thinking the grass is greener on the other side, I am saying that I know better than God for what my life should look like. If we each wholeheartedly embraced our tasks, callings, and God-given dreams, how incredible would this world be?

**”Simply Tuesday” hit the stores today! If you want to see more ways on how to embrace simplicity, I highly recommend picking it up. You can get it here.