It was raining.  And he just stood there…fishing.

Rain and sea spray pelting his clothing.

Yet…he stayed.  Right there on those rocks and continued to fish.

I never saw him catch a thing.  

He was focused.

He was devoted.

He was staying the course.

Even in the midst of less than pleasant circumstances.

And I ask myself:  am I as focused and devoted and willing to stay the course the Lord has for me?

Sometimes I am.  Sometimes I am not.

The biggest distraction for me is when I begin to focus on the ME aspect and what I want. I begin to compare myself to others.  

I compare my blog to her blog.  And I find myself lacking.

I compare my writing to her writing.  And I find myself lacking.

I compare my number of followers or comments to hers.  And I find myself lacking.

I compare my __________ to her _________.  And I find myself lacking.

I have to take a step back.  I have to remember that I am not supposed to be comparing myself to her…or her…or her.  

No, I am merely to stay focused, stay devoted, stay the course HE has laid before me.  That is when I am at my best.  That is when I don’t get discouraged.  That is when things go well.  That is when I feel my best!  Physically, spiritually and emotionally.  Seriously!!

Friends, while on retreat recently I realized that I have been comparing myself to others.  And I find myself lacking.  I felt like I was not part of the “in” crowd…whatever the “in” crowd is.  

And these feelings are all of my own making…God does not desire that I compare myself to others.  And I AM part of his “in” crowd.  

I said it would be a long road…and it will be.  But I know I can overcome this feeling of “less than” with His help.

Do you ever compare yourself to others?  Feel you aren’t part of the “in” crowd…or feel “less than?”


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