Sometimes I think God had a good chuckle when I named my blog The Peaceful Mom. There are times when I’m far from it.
This week I’ve had a particularly difficult struggle with comparing myself to others, rethinking past choices and dwelling on the regret of what has been done. I can tell you that there is no peace in those thoughts.
I wish I could be a better mom.
I wish I could be a better wife.
I wish I could be a better friend.
I wish I could be a better blogger.
Comparing myself to others results in so many negatives in my life:
Discontent-Looking at what others have keeps me from being grateful for what I do have.
Selfishness-When I compare myself to others I am self-critical, self-involved, self-whatever. Notice all those words start with SELF and focusing on myself means I am not focusing on others.
Anxiety-I can’t be at peace when I am constantly desiring what others have or trying to get what I think I don’t have.
So for today I’m going to meditate on who God created me to be rather than thinking about what others are doing or thinking.
For five people I am the world and they are the ones whose opinions really matter.