I aspire to be Donald Miller, Carlos Whittaker, and Pete Wilson. If there was some insane way for these guys to collaboratively produce a child — I would want to be that strangely conceived offspring.
I read their tweets, look at their Instagram photos, and gobble-up everything on their blogs… and 3 things happen.
I applaud the things in which are taking place that just seem so radical & revolutionary in their lives.
I dream about everything I hope will transpire in my life one day.
Then I begin to find myself depressed & defeated as I face the facts regarding elements of failure & folly in my life.
I struggle with comparing myself with others. There is this tension that exists in being inspired by someone & condemning myself because of the supposed shortcomings and limitations in my life that keep me from the same greatness that is exhibited by said inspiration.
We’re often captivated at the highlight reel of someone else’s life & likewise devastated with areas in our life that don’t seem to add up because we are aware of all the junk that occupies the corners, drawers, and closet space of our lives. All of us have a backstage pass to our own lives & forget to realize that the behind-the-scenes stuff in those folks’ lives are somewhat similar to ours. Even the most successful people experience failure — usually their failures are what propel them towards that path that leads them to success.
There’s no shame in observing others’ success, but we must avoid the temptation to covet the lives of folks we admire and/or beat ourselves up over our faults.
Don’t covet. Don’t condemn.
Create moments you desire to celebrate. Create a story you want to cultivate. Create a life you long to advocate.
It’s simple to entertain these thoughts, but certainly not easy to apply. It involves copious amounts of facing our fears, tackling the work, and trusting God…
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. — Ephesians 2:10 NKJV