Farm Wife Devotions: The Thief of Joy
As women it is so easy to fall into the comparison trap.
We drop our kiddos off at school and look at another mother who appears to have it all together and we think, “Gosh, if only I could have it together like she does!”
We look at another Farm Wife and think, “They are doing so well. She always has the best meals prepared and doesn’t seem to be as stressed as me.”
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
If you allow yourself to focus on those comparisons, pretty soon you become discouraged, depressed, and dissatisfied, with the beautiful mess of life God has given you!
Now I know that this is a unique passage to use for the subject of comparison, but read through it with me:
“A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ Luke 14:16-21
What struck me about this passage is that the man in this parable just as easily invited the crippled, poor, blind and lame, who didn’t have the perfect life or have “it” together as he did the original invitees!
If you think back to Jesus’ time of ministry, who did He spend time with? People that weren’t perfect.
They were ill, possessed, tax collectors, “lowly”, fishermen, and prostitutes. In the eyes of the elite of the time, these people didn’t have “it” together either! Yet they were important enough for the Son of God to love them and spend time with them!
So the next time you feel like you are not enough, that you are not good enough, that you you don’t have “it” together like that one mom, or aren’t as good at (…) than someone else, reconsider!
Bring your focus back onto what matters.What God thinks of you!
He doesn’t measure you by His other children.
He doesn’t define you by what you can or cannot do.
In fact, He created you perfectly, to do what He is calling you to do in life!
So don’t worry if you cannot do it as well as someone else! Just move forward! Trust that God chose the best you for this role, and God will do the rest!
I hope this devotional spoke to you heart as it did mine!
Love to you and yours,
To read last week’s Farm Wife Devotion: “Who Do You Take It To?” please click here!
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