The other day I was at my wit’s end with Olivia and her napping (or rather, lack thereof) and I looked at Luke in desperation. “How do they do it?” I cried. “How do all these moms make it look so easy?” He laughed, of course, and reminded me people probably say that about us. (How do they do it? Their daughter is 5 months old and they travel with her!)
It’s easy to look at social media or read blogs and think everyone else’s life is perfect and full of adventure. But the reality is we all have those not-so-great days. We just don’t necessarily share that with everyone. Yes, there are days I manage to put on a trendy outfit, feed my daughter without getting avocado on my chambray shirt, take her on a hike, get her home for a nap, actually get her to nap, cook dinner for my family and the new mom in my MOPS group, read my bible, pray for everyone on my list, blog about said hike, and then squeeze in a little homework or craft project. But there are also days when just making it to Costco is my big accomplishment. And many days I am just thrilled she took a nap longer than 36 minutes. Those days, of course, don’t make it on the blog and I definitely didn’t Instagram a picture of myself at Costco. (#CostcoLife.)
It’s so easy to play the comparison game. Whose child is cuter or smarter? Who has the best career? Who is totally killing it at being a mom? Whose husband is…? But God designed each of us uniquely and it doesn’t do anyone any good to compare their gifts, accomplishments, or even failures with others. I have been created in His image and likeness – avocado on my shirt and all – and the only thing I should be comparing myself to is His Word. So how do you win the comparison game? If you figure it out, please share. In the meantime, the best solution I have found is to shift your eyes from others and turn them to Christ. It’s a work in progress, but also a work toward contentment.