No matter what your journey looks like, No matter where in the media industry you find yourself – comparison can be one of our biggest challenges. Lara Casey, the Editor-in-Chief of Southern Weddings magazine, talks briefly about her experience in overcoming the enemy of comparison.
Comparison isn’t just the thief of joy, it’s the thief of everything. I was so there. I chased “big” and “more, more, more” and “the best” and “more followers” and – you get the picture – for way too long. Until all those things I had worked so hard to build by comparing myself to others started to crumble.
Living on purpose turns comparison and coveting into compassion and cheering on. When you are living on purpose, it doesn’t matter what someone else’s journey looks like. All that matters is that you are going to the same place for eternity. You want to help other people get there. So why not be happy for people when they find success or joy or when something comes easier to them than it does to you? If God is glorified, the success is yours, too, my friend. We are all in this together.
This is why I believe there are no “industry secrets” or anything we have been given that wasn’t meant to be a blessing for others. All that we have is God’s in the first place: our money, our stuff, our talents, all of it. We are blessed to be a blessing.
What is it that God wants you to make happen? What does He want you to grow to fulfill His purpose for you? What does He want you to cultivate and share with others? What seeds has He already given you that need watering? He may not reveal these answers to you right away, but He has given you some tools and wisdom to help you walk on His path and find clarity. He wants you to seek answers from Him.
Keep your eyes on your purposeful path. Celebrate others. Celebrate progress, not perfection. Cultivate gratitude over comparison. Gratitude turns what we have into more than enough.