Part 1 of my spring home tour not only shares my love of spring, but also some thoughts on the “comparison trap”.
Spring has finally sprung! Woop-woop!!! Although I truly love the winter season here in So Cal (because, let’s face it, there hasn’t been a real winter here in FOREVERRRRR… IF ever), I’m always happy when spring arrives! Aren’t you?! And, though this is My Wee Abode’s first spring tour, last year was the first year I spruced it up a bit for the season! But, this year was different. This year, as I started putting out some touches of spring, I also started having some doubts….
“Julie, is this too ‘cutesy’? Would (insert blogger name) use that?”
“That doesn’t look right… why?”
“Do I even need to use this?”
“How will that look on camera? Would (insert blogger name) put that on her blog?”
“Julie… is THAT too ‘cutesy’?”
“Are there too many vignettes?”
“Julie, that IS too cutesy!” (Yes… this was the recurring question/thought-of-the-day)
FIGHTING THE COMPARISON TRAP WITH PRAYER
So, between battling hyperventilation from mini-anxiety attacks and swiping on additional coats of deodorant because of the anxiety-induced perspiration (okay, I was just downright sweating, friends!), a new thought came to mind. PRAY! So, I did. And then the Lord started bringing new thoughts to my mind…
“Who is this blog for?”
“Who are you decorating your home for?”
“Are you expecting to be like your blogger friends that have had many more years experience?”
“Who are you doing this for?”
“Do you expect perfection now… or at any time?”
“What if you were perfect now? You’d be done! No journey left… nothing more to do.”
“Who are you doing this for”? (Yes… thankfully, this was the new recurring question-of-the-day)
FIGHTING THE COMPARISON TRAP WITH SCRIPTURE
Through the rest of the day and evening, my ideas and thoughts were changing. By God’s grace and mercy, I remembered that the biggest reason that I started blogging is because I want to share a home that will bring Him glory. Helping others through sharing my home would be even better! AND, I want to point all of it back to His amazing love. I have this home because He loves me. I have the ability to create and decorate because THE Creator made me, and YOU, in His image!
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
” For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
The “comparison trap” can be such a joy-stealer and contentment-thief! This seems to be an area I’m learning much about these days. The Lord has given us each gifts, abilities, talents and ‘tastes’ that make us all different, but oh so special! My prayer and hope is that we would all be able to imagine and create according to His will and for His glory, and that we would look at each other with appreciation, thankfulness, and even admiration, but that it would never get to a point where these actions steal our joy and contentment.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my spring kitchen. And I hope you didn’t mind reading about my struggles, and victories! Next time, I’ll be sharing Part 2 of my spring tour, and sharing some thoughts on curating a home! In the meantime, feel free to share how the “comparison trap” may tempt you!