My family had to unexpectedly move a few months ago-our 5th move in 8 years. I didn’t want to move this time around and it showed. An adult version of “Why me” and “It’s not fair.” My husband laughed and said his famous line usually reserved for our son, “Who said life is fair?” I shot him ‘the look’ but inside I smiled because I knew how childish I was acting.
My husband and I have struggled to find our roots in a community and due to my list of health issues we struggle sometimes financially. At church we were introduced to Dave Ramsey and we made a decision as a family that we would go on debt free journey to gain financial freedom. The Bible evens warns us of debt.
Proverbs 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
This journey meant sacrifices and one was finding a much more affordable place to live. A twin house in a town we have lived in once before.
Enter: Comparison. It’s easy to compare ourselves as we are bombarded by everyone’s highlight reels on social media. “BLESSED” often follows pictures snapped of happy families standing in front of their brand new homes, cars, or while they are on vacation. In reality we don’t know the stories behind those pictures. How can we compare our beginnings to someone else’s middle? I used to laugh at the notion that I was in the beginning of my journey when I am well over 30 years old. If you feel the same way let me encourage you right now: JK Rowling was 32 years old when she published her first book. In the Bible Elizabeth was at least 60 when she gave birth to her first son, John. Vera Wang didn’t become a designer until 40. Julia Child was 39 when she published her first cookbook and it wasn’t until she was in her 50’s that she had her own show.
We have now been in our home for about a month and are finding blessings everyday. Wonderful neighbors, beautiful snowballs bursting on the front porch, chamomile and strawberries growing in the garden, baby birds on our deck. I will enjoy all of these gifts as I work on my writing and we find our footing in life.
Don’t be blinded by comparison or you will miss out on all of the gifts that are hidden in life. What you once thought was a weed in the garden could turn out to be sweet fruit.Christina Zambrano-The Joyful Ginger Blogs
PS: We already paid off 2 debts! The sacrifices are worth it!