The Thief of Joy

“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original”.

(‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭25-26‬ MSG)

Right before reading this, I was browsing through social media and looking at the profiles of those people that inspire and encourage me with their beautiful words and souls. As I looked at their photos and read their wonderful words, a familiar little voice was making its way to my ears. It was telling me that my words were not enough. That these people were truly gifted, unlike me. That their words were changing lives, unlike mine. That, once again, I should stop sharing my words. Tonight, the little voice of fear was winning our daily battle.

And then I read this.

“We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”

I am an original. The Spirit is working in my life, in my heart, differently. Other writers and other bloggers are not better than I am. I am an original. I have better things to do than comparing myself to others. My life is so much more. God is working in my life. He makes my words and my art beautiful in their own way.

Stop comparing yourself to others. You have your own voice, your own light, your own heart. God is working in your life differently. God is creating beauty in your soul- your very own kind of beauty. Don’t let comparison steal your joy.

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7 thoughts on “The Thief of Joy

  1. jessicabraughler says:

    Yes we each are an original. We are all needed together to show Gods amazing love. This makes me think of the song ‘Through Heavens Eyes’ in the prince of Egypt. We each are a strand in that glorious tapestry. Each an original.


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