On Wednesdays we are thrilled to fling open the doors to all of YOU! We love hearing your dreaming stories…the lessons you’ve learned, the roads you’ve walked, the dreams He’s planted in your hearts! Today we are excited to welcome back Kristine Brown to God-sized Dreams. She shares how comparison can sabotage your dreams. Thanks for being here today, Kristine!
I’d left my comfy corner to follow God-sized yeses before, but this was somehow different. It began with an unexpected moment – the idea. The dream.
God inspired a thought that caused all kinds of anticipation in my heart. Write what you learned, the thought beckoned. Now is the time.
My greatest struggle would soon become the message God allowed me to share with the world. I never thought of myself as someone capable of writing a book, but I knew I heard God calling my name. The idea came like a wave, washing through the deep, unsure places in my spirit.
I began the journey toward my dream with all the courage I could muster. I anticipated battles ahead. I knew drawing up experiences from long ago would bring back unwelcome insecurities. I’d tucked them away for safe-keeping. Now here they were again, ready to be the catalyst for conversations we needed to have.
Those vulnerable memories forced me to tackle a topic I’d avoided for most of my life. And as I ventured farther down this dream-inspired path, the nagging voice I once knew came creeping back in undetected. It was the voice of comparison.
Yes, I knew it well.
The voice began pointing out one accomplished author after another who had written about this same topic with ease. I validated the doubt it caused. My thoughts sounded something like this…
It’s understandable to compare myself to her. After all, she’s written countless books and helped thousands of people.
Maybe I should let this dream go. She’s a much better writer than I am.
I should forget all about my dream.
On and on the voice spoke to me. I wanted to do something about it, but instead I allowed it to turn my attention in another direction.
The voice of comparison diverted me off-course by distracting my focus.
Maybe you’ve been in that place. If so, then you can certainly relate to the frustration I felt when I listened to this dangerous voice over and over. No matter how many times I told it to be quiet, I couldn’t seem to get rid of it for good.
That’s when I realized I was letting comparison sabotage my dream.
Comparison has been in existence since the beginning of humanity, and none of us are immune. Yes, we have all struggled with the compulsion to compare. But there are steps we can take to silence that voice in our lives and stay on the path toward our dreams.
My path through overcoming comparison became the dream itself. Every struggle, discovery, and lesson learned along the way is recorded in my first book, Over It. Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan.
The book follows my own journey to freedom from comparing, along with those of three unique women in scripture. Oh yes, they battled with comparison too. Through their lives, God teaches remarkable truths about winning the battle over comparing. Allow me to share one of those truths with you here.
“Relying on God’s promise is my first step in conquering comparison.” – Over It.
When we learn to say, “I’m over it,” to that pesky voice, we find contentment like we’ve never known. We unleash the purpose God called us to fulfill, and His purpose for us is more than we could ever imagine.
So let’s claim victory over comparison today. Let’s listen to the truth of God’s voice alone and move forward on this journey with His promise guiding us. The dream is waiting, and now is the time.
Kristine is a writer, dramatist, and teacher. She helps women and teen girls navigate the ups and downs of real life. Kristine devotes her time to family, freelance writing, and her non-profit ministry, More Than Yourself, Inc. You can read more from her at www.morethanyourself.com. Connect with Kristine on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
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