Thursday, October 25, 2007

Comparison = Criticism

I know that by the title comparing gets you nowhere. I learned that phrase in my premarital classes. Anytime I'm actually criticizing something, I realize that I've thrown myself right into the middle of my view of someone else's situation.

Let's take blogging for example. I look at other mom blogs and wonder why I can't write about enjoying fall with the pumpkin projects and autumn aromas and such. I just don't write like that. But something within me wants to write so that other moms will want to come to my blog and get tips or something.

My prayer for me this morning is to not "dance for men's eyes." (this is a great song on an old album by Charlie and Nathan.)

I may not have a lot of recipes, housecleaning tips, disciplining wisdom, etc... but I sure have no problem being transparent and sharing about the refining taking place in my heart. May I not compare today!


StaceyStace said...

Hi, Rachel!
Yep, I've gotten in the pit by comparing myself to others before. I have so often compared things, like, oh say, cooking or sewing skills which seemed to have been left out of me. But I am learning to rejoice in my strengths and celebrate the gifts of others who can do these things! Hang in there!

Ang baylis said...

I, for one, appreciate anyone who will share their heart with another sister in Christ! I don't feel like I have anything important to share, but I do it anyway! I really don't care if anyone else reads it (but the encouraging comments are nice). I mainly do it as a kind of journal. I want to look back and see what I've done. Godstops along the way!

Sharing your tender heart is worth a lot more than a recipe or housekeeping tip any day!

I'd love to say that I don't compare myself to others, but that would be a lie. So... it's a good challenge for both of us!

Take good care,
Angie xoxo

Chelle said...

Found this on mom blogs site, what a great blog you have!

Glad you are not caught up in doing what everyone else does on their blogs. i would much rather hear honesty from people and know where they are at.

Press on, and remember, it's your blog, you get to choose what you write about :)

Irritable Mother said...

Tips are nice, but your heart is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it here.
Love you,

Connie said...

I'd rather hear the "real" life stuff than pumpkin project stuff anyway. Keep going. Authenticity trumps pumpkins hands down.

Given Grace said...

I found your site thru Ang Baylis and am so glad I did. I often (always) feel the same way as you, comparing, etc. But it truly is the blog that is "real, open and honest" that I enjoy reading the most!

So thanks for your post, which encourages me to continue in my own way.

Dina said...

I am new to your blog, and I laughed when you mentioned the pumpkin thing and the receipe stuff,I too have felt that way then I thought, I would have that if IT WERE ME!! But it SURE looks impressive!!