I was struck by a thought yesterday morning. I had just attended my very first Blessed is She Brunch and was reveling in the beautiful conversations I had with equally lovely ladies. There was no pretense, no attempting to show up better than another. As one woman mused to me “everyone is so truly authentic.”
Authenticity. What a word. To be so truly yourself when interacting with one another. It’s marvelous. It also caused me to have the thought I mentioned above:
When women are acting in authentic community with one another, where is there room for comparison?
If we are truly living authentically in communion with other women, it seems (to me, at least) that the comparisons fly away. Or, that they don’t matter quite as much. I spoke with women younger than me, married with multiple children already. Women years older that were rewriting the next chapters of their lives, and everything in between. Plenty of room for comparison, but it was amazing instead to see how God was glorifying himself in each individual story.
As someone who considers herself the queen of comparing herself to others, it’s amazing what happens when you’re filled with COMmunity and COMpassion (for yourself and others) as opposed to COMparison.
What “Com” camp will you find yourself in this week?
My prayer this week is that we be filled with compassion for our fellow Sisters in Christ. We all have unique journeys and unique stories of how God is working in our lives. Let’s focus on those and the things we have in common than what we do not. May God be glorified through each and every one of us and our unique path to holiness.