This morning I woke up overwhelmed with my life circumstances. The details of those circumstances are unimportant. What is important is that I found myself belittling my situation because others have it so much worse. I don’t have Covid. I have a job. I have a home. I have friends. When we find ourselves processing the obstacles and pain in our life, we often compare it to what others are dealing with and dismiss our concerns as “not that bad.” Reality – it’s bad for me. I am struggling and it’s valid. Your struggle doesn’t have to win the competition for biggest struggle for it to count. It’s your thing to deal with.
Consider this. For me, commuting for work was a major hassle for me. It hurt my back. It was frustrating sitting in traffic. I had to work hard to not get upset every day. For a friend of mine, they love driving. They love time alone in the car listening to books on tape or podcasts. They don’t care if there is traffic. To them, traffic means they can hear more of the book. You see “for me”, it’s tough. For them, it isn’t. That is true in our life situations too.
What are you facing today? Big or small, what are you facing? How is your self talk about this situation? Are you belittling the situation because it isn’t a global crisis? Are you belittling yourself because your friends could handle this so much easier than you do? Do you not pray about it because it seems silly?
I want you to embrace and accept your situation today. I want you to seek God and His peace and wisdom to handle it. I want you to pour out your circumstance to God no matter how big or how small. It’s all important to Him.
Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you ~I Peter 5:7
Let Him handle it. Let Him provide you with the peace you need today. Let Him calm your anxious thoughts.
If you bring it to a friend, they may be compassionate and listen. They may judge that it isn’t that bad and minimize it. God, however, always listens, always cares, and always values your concerns.
Stop comparing your life’s problems with what others are facing. These are your sets of things to overcome, process and learn from. Each person has their own. Stop comparing! It truly is comparing apples and oranges. We are uniquely made. We have unique upbringings that lead to our way of handling life. How you handle things is apples and to your friend’s oranges. Today embrace your stuff. Bring it to God. Release it to Him. They are your apples (or oranges) uniquely designed to bring you to a place of growth, surrender to God, and peace.
Dream Big! Pray Big!