Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When You Don't Measure Up (7 Days of Hope - #2)



Welcome to Day 2 in the 7 Days of Hope!
Today, we're talking about not measuring up.  (Catch up with Day 1 and our Introduction.)
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A few months ago, I sat in a MOPS meeting and made a confession:
"I haven't been able to see the kitchen counter in at least a week.  I just keep pushing the piles back and forth, trying to make enough space for the kids to eat."

And then, I cringed.  Because surely you're not supposed to admit that kind of stuff out loud.  What were these women going to think of me?  Were they now judging me? Finding my faults?

But the response was this: "That happens at our house, too."  And these lovely women proceeded to tell me about their own messes and how things aren't always perfect.

And then a friend turned to me and said, "Thanks for being real."


In that moment, on that day, I was real.  I did share what was really going on.  But that's not my normal inclination.  I tend to want to keep that imperfection under-wraps.  At times, I'm overwhelmed by how underwhelming I seem to be.  As I read blogs, check statuses on Facebook, and follow feeds on Twitter, it sometimes appears that everyone else is somehow more "with-it" than me....somehow more "on top" of things...somehow, just "more."  The problem is, sometimes we catch a tiny glimpse of someone else's life, and we compare our self to that one small bit of information.  But that's not the whole picture.



I love the verse that Stacey shares in this chapter:

"Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you.  
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."  
Isaiah 41:10

Don't listen to that voice in your head, telling you that you don't measure up.  Listen to God, who tells us with him, we're ALWAYS enough.
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Let's Chat:

How often do you catch yourself comparing your home, job, income, or parenting to someone else?  

Leave comment and let's talk about it.  
What do you do when you feel yourself making those comparisons?  

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3 comments:

  1. Kristie this is such a heartfelt and honest post. I love that you shared out loud what the real is. I think we all just think everyone else has it together and we are the only one. I know I do!

    love this "Don't listen to that voice in your head, telling you that you don't measure up. Listen to God, who tells us with him, we're ALWAYS enough."

    thank you for blessing my heart today!

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  2. Thank you for your kind words!

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  3. Kristie
    i'm one of the "ambassadors of HOpe as well and i' using today (sunday) to go around are pray and read through the other leaders post. Don't listen to that voice in your head, telling you that you don't measure up. Listen to God, who tells us with him, we're ALWAYS enough. is now on my bathroom mirror. may God continue to renew your strength and bless you for taking on the task as a leader. blessings

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