When you look at what your friends and family members are accomplishing, do you feel weighed down? They look like they’re thriving, but you feel you feel insignificant. You want to thrive, but instead you feel like you’re on a merry-go-round just going in circles.
You were created with a purpose only you can fulfill. While it’s good to have others who can inspire you, don’t let their lives become your measuring stick for your success. Trying to have success in the same way or timing as others means you’ll have to carry the weight of their unique purpose. If you try to carry it, you’ll be weighed down, and your heart will feel heavy. The same is true for others. No one can fulfil your purpose. The weight is too much.
True success and thriving isn’t something that can be measured by outward accomplishments alone. Even something like graduating college requires studying alone and learning things that seem small at the time. Sometimes growth takes place in your heart long before others can see it. Think for a minute about who you are and who you used to be. Are you more loving or more giving? Are you dealing with something in your personal life that requires you to overcome unique challenges? Make a list of all the of all the hidden ways you’ve changed and things you’ve overcome. Be proud of your progress. You’re thriving and don’t even realize it.
If you’re in a phase that outwardly looks like a merry-go-round, go easy on yourself before you get dizzy. Celebrate who you are, maybe even with cotton candy. Savor the sweet victory of the changes no one but you and God can see.
Daily Reading: Galatians 6:4-6