Every now and then, life brings you a surreal experience. Know what I mean?
I had one of those last weekend. Take a look at this:
|photo from Elizabeth Lauren
You might recognize some of these women. From left to right, they are
Ruth Chou Simons
Emily P. Freeman
And there I am, right in the middle of these beauties. One of the authors at The Nest Fest.
A couple of times this weekend I found myself singing that old song from Sesame Street: "One of these things is not like the others. . . "
But only for a moment.
Because, y'all, here's the thing. I've spent a lifetime comparing myself to other people, always coming up short, and when I consider both the immense talent AND the immense popularity of these women, I could easily get stuck with comparing myself to them. But I've learned a better way to approach moments like these, as well as the run-of-the-mill moments of every day.
Comparison puts you on one side of the scale and another person on the other side of the scale. By its very nature, comparison isolates you from others.
And just look what I would have missed if I've given in to that. I wouldn't be standing in this collection of lovely women, smiling for the camera, glad to be part of this group.
To be clear: I'm not usually part of a group of people quite this famous. Sure, I could give myself a pass if I felt a little intimidated by this much girl power. But what's good and right for the small moments of my life is good and right for the big moments, too.
We were meant to be together. We were created in the image of a God who is relationship in his very being (ever think about that?).
We were created for relationship because we were created by relationship.
Want to know how I got invited to be one of the authors at The Nest Fest this year? Here's why:
Back in 2009, before Myquillyn was the famous author of best-selling books, I connected with her. Her blog, Nesting Place, meant a lot to me, so I reached out to her. We've been friends now for 10 years. And here's the thing: connection trumps comparison.
Finding my way out of the comparison trap took me a long time. In fact, that journey is the subject of a book I've written for InterVarsity Press. Mythical Me: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison is now available for purchase. I'm excited to share that story with you, and I hope you'll take a look at it.
Here's what I know: You're important. You matter. YOU BELONG. This world would be so much poorer a place without you in it.
Do you know that in your bones? If not, let me say it again, louder this time:
THIS WORLD WOULD BE SO MUCH POORER A PLACE WITHOUT YOU IN IT.
Much love to you today.
Less without you,