Blog Post by Abby McDonald
I listened to the interview with the popular Christian writer, my mind reeling with questions. But the one that kept repeating itself over and over was, “How?”
This woman had a slew of kids running around, and she homeschooled all of them. Her writing was not shoddy. Each syllable sang with an effortless harmony as you read.
So how? How were there enough hours in the day? Did she have on a superwoman cape I couldn’t see as I listened to the podcast?
At the time I had two kids. Now I have three, the last one two months young. There are days I barely get the laundry done and the food made, much less worry about doing anything creative.
I see women on social media who, in all the bright lights and glow of the computer screen, are pursuing their goals and dreams. They are achieving milestones I dare to think about as I’m nursing my sweet babe at night.
Before daybreak, the fear takes over and says, “You’ll never get there.”
Comparison is such a lonely place to live.
When we compare, we fear never being like someone else when God simply wants us to be the person he created.
We live in a toxic state of thinking we have to achieve the next rung on our self-made ladder instead of embracing the season we’re in. But friends, we weren’t made to keep up with the Joneses or the Kardashians or anyone else.
We were made to live our own unique lives, each of us working together to create a beautiful God-story.
During the moments I’m tempted to exchange my story for someone else’s God is showing me a better way. Instead of spending my time in fear and comparison, I bring it to him.
I say, “God, today I only have a half hour to work on this project. I don’t know how it’s going to get done, but I trust you.”
And in ways only he can, he multiplies my efforts. He takes that little sliver of time and makes it enough.
One day it was raining non-stop and the fog on the mountain where we live was thick, reflecting my tired mental state. I was feeling discouraged, so I brought my concerns to God. I’ll be the first to admit, this isn’t always my first inclination.
I told him my concerns and worries, how I wanted to get back to assignments I knew he’d given me to complete, but I didn’t see how.
A few days later, an opportunity dropped in my lap. It wasn’t something I was pursuing or even knew was a possibility, but in that moment I knew God was answering me.
With this email from an editor that popped into my inbox, he said, “You don’t have to worry about what you’re going to do months from now or even next week. Just make the most of the time I’ve given you. Right here, today.”
And in doing so, I not only honor my family, but God. I can stop trying to keep up with the person next to me and focus on the task in front of me. One step at a time.
I felt like a huge load was lifted off my shoulders.
I know there will be days I’m tempted to look in the other lane. Chances are, you’ll be tempted too.
But can I tell you something? The ride is so much more enjoyable when, instead of seeing how far we have to go, we look at the view around us.
Instead of fearing we’ll never make it to the next destination, let’s look at how far we’ve come.
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Abby McDonald is a writer who can’t contain the lavish love of a God who relentlessly pursues here, even during her darkest times. When she’s not chasing her two little boys around, she loves hiking, photography, and consuming copious amounts of coffee with friends.
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I love this! I remember feeling this exact struggle when my three were little. Comparison is such a dangerous temptation. I wrote a blog post a couple of months ago on this comparison trap. http://www.kathyericksonwrites.com/blog-2/2016/10/13/comparison Thanks for sharing your heart in this post!
This! That is a reminder I need so often, and especially today. Feeling overwhelmed and short on time, but all I need to do is focus on today.
So glad it encouraged you, Heather. That is always my prayer. May God meet you where you are today and multiply the time you have as you give it to Him.
“When we compare, we fear never being like someone else when God simply wants us to be the person he created.” -Boom. Bam. Yes. You called it.
Thanks for this, Abby! Glad you’re living what the Lord calls you uniquely to- and grateful for the peace He gives!
Me too, Bethany. And I’m thankful for YOU. God is good, all the time. Even when we fail to recognize it. <3
Amen, Abby, and right on. It’s a form of worship when we leave our eyes on One. And the testimony of how he multiplies the bread and fishes becomes very real as we see time or efforts suddenly multiplied. Great write, my friend, and congratulations.
Yes! I heard that story again just last week and it came alive for me in a fresh way. So thankful for his patience. Blessed by your encouragement today, friend.
Good stuff, Abby! I am learning this too and how it can transform my heart which transforms the creative part of mine brain which in turn helps to write better. Only because of God ultimately. Thanks for sharing your heart so openly, friend.