So this picture was taken on a trip to Orlando when we went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. I LOVE that place because I am obsessed with pictures and what better place to capture some awesome moments?!
Then, when I get home, I look for quotes by the famous people that are wax statues and add my favorite of the quotes I find to the picture! I did several awhile ago (I think two years ago!) and never posted them or wrote with them so I added some to my media file to pull out as I wanted.
Today, we land here.
And with it the quote that says “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
And isn’t it just?
We all have so much to offer in this world. Our own unique combination of personality, temperament, experiences, and caring. What you have to offer is something that can come from no one else on this Earth. Only you.
And if you compare yourself to others, chances are it stops you from doing just what you were put on Earth to do! When we compare ourselves to others, we never measure up. Someone else is always better, stronger, kinder, wiser… just more. We are so hard on ourselves and it’s always possible to find someone who is better at you in some area.
But… they are not better than you in ALL areas. They have their strengths just as you have yours. And their combination of strengths and experiences makes them the perfect person to carry out their mission and purpose on Earth.
However, they cannot, in any way, shape, or form carry out your mission and purpose on Earth, no matter how grand they are! Because they. are. not. you! Only YOU have the right combination of skills, experiences, temperament and whatever else is needed to meet your purpose here on Earth.
And if you choose not to live it out… no one else can do it for you. The world misses out. You miss out.
Oh, God can fill the gaps. God can meet needs with or without us. But the world misses out on what you have to offer… that no one else can supply or provide. And you miss out on blessings and friendships and who knows what else because you were afraid to act. And you were afraid to act because you were comparing yourself to other people… who cannot do what you can do.
What is the point in comparing ourselves when we are the only one that can fill our shoes? No matter how amazing anyone else is, they cannot do what you are meant to do. So stop comparing! There’s no point to it!
I’m speaking to myself as well as to you. I can be terrible about comparing sometimes. It’s not one of my biggest struggles but it does hit me from time to time. That person is more spiritual. That person is stronger. They have more will power. They sound more mature or make more sense or do more than I do…
Yes, I’ve been there and go there occasionally, so I’m definitely not just talking to you.
But I hope the point has gotten across.
The world needs you.
Just as you are, moving forward, responding to needs, offering an encouraging word, writing that blog, teaching that class, sharing that meal, calling that friend, meeting that person at church, sending that note, commenting something positive on that Facebook post… so much that only you can do, my friend.
We need you.
Living your life and sharing your gifts and just being you.
And.. thank you. Thank you for being you. For doing all the things you do on a daily basis to make the world a better place. Every thing, big or small.