Friday, April 13, 2012

Faith-Filled Fridays: One Size Doesn't Fit All

Our Family God Blessed us with, 2008.
In a world such as we live in today, it's very easy to compare ourselves, our marriages, family, careers, method of homeschooling and raising children, etc. to others out there.  We now have a plethora of resources on the internet via blogs, forums (message boards), email, Facebook, etc.  What this leads to is major overload.  It also leads us, if we allow it, further away from our Father. 

It's a dangerous trap when we dare compare ourselves to others.  I know I have certainly done it, and I am sure there are a few readers out there that have too.  It starts innocently with reading a book or watching a show on a TV that inspires us.  There is certainly nothing wrong with being inspired.  But what is wrong is thinking we have to be exactly like this person or that person.  One size doesn't fit all for families!  Not one family dynamic is the same...not one!  Some families choose to homeschool.  Some choose for both parents to work.  Some people choose never to marry (or haven't found that special someone yet).  Some choose to have only two children while others may have none or have ten. 

We must remember to listen for His voice.  In the busyness of life, we get caught in the brambles, so to speak, because there is simply too much information overload.  Taking the time to stop and ask God what we are to do or what our purpose is at this moment in life is wise.  He will answer in His timing, not ours.  In the meantime, as we wait for His answer, it is wise to read His word in the Bible, pray, and seek Him throughout the day continually.  He will direct your step!

Don't be like others, be like the person He created you to be!  You will be much happier!

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time;  also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.  Ecclesiates 3:11


Tesha said...

So very true! Comparison is a sad dangerous game that separates relationships. If I have learned any thing from grief it is do not compare your pain to another. Love that scripture also, saying a prayer for you Shannon.

Our Family for His Glory said...

What beautiful words you speak throughout this blog. I've peeked around just a bit, and see your love through the pain. Thank you for taking the time to share your heart and your story. I know it must be very difficult at times, but tonight... I was blessed.

Allison Renee said...

Hi Shannon. I found you through UBP. I am also a homeschooling mama and look forward to following your posts:)


I love hanging out with women who are comfortable with who God made them to be. No comparisons.

I am hopping over from UBP. Happy party week.