Celebrate~ Five Minute Friday Style

Celebrate More, Compare Less

“Celebrate More, Compare Less” became the mantra for our family a couple of years ago. It was born out of a discontent I noticed in my children and if I’m being honest in my own heart as well.

Sometimes I am overwhelmed by how our world forces us to compare- whether it’s how busy we are, how much money we make, how many kids we have or don’t have, the type of schooling we choose for our kids, the activities our kids are involved in and the list goes on. I have discovered that if I am not deliberate about it, I easily fall into the trap of discontentment. And then I become a jealous and unkind version of myself.

I refuse to stay there though. It is one of the lessons that experience has taught me. It’s always a choice and so when I feel the strangle hold of comparison in my life, I know that it is time to celebrate others more. Because it is impossible to compare yourself to others when you are finding ways to celebrate them.

Are you feeling the weight of discontentment in your life? Are you struggling to be satisfied with who you are, where you are and what you have been given? Do you question God’s plan for you, because it’s not what you would have chosen?

I think the answer to all of these questions is to celebrate more. Celebrate what you have been given instead of focusing on what you want. Celebrate the gifts of others while recognizing and celebrating your own unique gifts. And most importantly, celebrate who God is, his sovereignty, his mercy, his grace, his compassion, his strength, his power, his righteousness, his salvation, his love. See? There is so much to celebrate! And when we see God for who he is, when we seek to truly know him, we stop questioning his plan and we are able to celebrate his work in us.

Celebrate more. Compare Less.

It has been a long time since I have been in a rhythm of blogging. I have missed joining in with the Five Minute Friday community- a group that writes for five minutes without overthinking or over editing on a prompt from Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt is “celebrate”. You can read the other five minute Friday posts at katemotaung.com. 



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