Compared to What?


 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”  Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”  Exodus 3:4-5

I love Ann Voskamp's writings.  They seem to reach in and grab me at my very core.  Yesterday,  I read a blog post that touched me deeply and I feel compelled to share.

It's not geared toward chronic illness.  Not at all.

But it fits.

It so fits.

I know I was suddenly thrown into the comparison camp when my illnesses and challenges surfaced.

I've always been a very competitive person.

And suddenly - every one else was winning the competition of life.

I was stalled at a hurdle I just couldn't get past.

Person after person in my life passed me up.  My psych colleagues wrote books, had private practices, taught, and went on lecture tours.  Success loomed large before them.

My own life was seemingly ground to a halt.

Friends passed me by.

They traveled to foreign countries.  They told amazing stories. They laughed.  They lived a life I could only dream about now.

I had picked up a measuring stick - and I fell so short by those standards.

Even now, I use that measuring stick.  I compare my writing.  My blog subscribers, the success (or lack thereof) of my artwork.

I'd love for you to go to Ann's blogpost here, and read.

Then think about your own life.

Are you using a measuring stick?

Or are you seeing the burning bush placed in your life?

Father God, help us to always and forever put aside the measuring sticks in our lives. Help us to know that whatever is in our life right now, is here for a purpose.  Help us to recognize the burning bush that calls our name.  Amen and amen.


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