Everyone's Journey is Different.

Updated: Jan 12, 2020


“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” - Galatians 6:4


I used to struggle with comparing my life to those around me, but now I understand that everyone’s journey is different.

I love sweet potato pie. And not just anyone’s sweet potato pie, I love my mom’s pie.

When I was younger, people would come to our house for dessert to have a slice of my mom’s homemade pies—they’re that good!

I haven’t been home for Thanksgiving in over six years, so last year I decided to make sweet potato pies to have a little piece of home away from home. My mom gave me her famous recipe, and step-by-step I made 3 pies that looked and smelled just like mom's.

When the pies were finished baking, I was scared to taste the first slice. So, I offered my grandma a slice so I wouldn't have to be the first person to try the pie (haha). I held my breath and stared at her while I waited for her to tell me how it tasted.

“It’s very good,” she said.

That was all I needed to hear! I tasted the pie, and it was horrible. Okay, it wasn’t horrible, but it didn’t taste like my mom’s famous pie. What did I do wrong?

Every year my grandma's church gives out Thanksgiving dinner to our community, so I gave them 2 of the pies to give out. To my surprise, everyone enjoyed them, but I was disappointed because they didn’t taste like mommy's pies.

My mom spent many years perfecting her pies, and I expected to perfect her recipe on my first try.

I was so focused on how my pies didn’t taste like my mom’s that I missed how they blessed many people who didn’t have anywhere to go for the holidays. Or a mom to bake him/her homemade pies.

When we get distracted by what’s wrong, we often fail to see what’s right.

“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” - Galatians 6:4

I was babysitting a 6-year-old girl last week, and we were placing beads on these animal-shaped pegboards. Every few minutes, she looked at the pegboard I was decorating and said, “Whoa you’re really good at this.”

Decorating the pegboards normally takes about 15 minutes, but for a 6-year-old, that’s pretty much an hour. So, she got bored and jumped to another pegboard instead of finishing the one she started.

When I was almost done with mine, she looked at my pegboard and got discouraged because she was only a quarter of the way finished with hers.

I explained to her that I’ve done that activity many times before with kids and that I've gotten better at it over time. I also told her that if she stuck to one board instead of jumping around, she would’ve been almost finished too.

After I said those words to her, I immediately thought about my life and how what I said applies to the work that God has for us.

Everyone’s journey and experiences are different, period.

If we focus daily on the work that God has for us and how we can be a blessing to others, we won’t have time to compare our lives—what we're doing or not doing—to those around us.

God has great plans for you.

Look at what you have to offer and what God has for you. Join Him in His work, and watch Him do amazing things in and through you that you never could’ve imagined.

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- Mags