I like hearing about fellow writers’ accomplishments—really, I do. But sometimes, I have to fight the Why do I even try? feeling. Not all the time, but more than I like to admit.
Do you know that feeling? It doesn’t have to be writing, but in general, someone else’s success where you hope to be successful.
We know better, don’t we? But emotions get in the way. Discouragement sets in and thoughts run wild.
Unless…we stop them first. Rein them in and get control.
And change our thinking—because we all have a place in the work of God’s Kingdom.
My work may not be the same as yours and your work may be different from mine. God calls us to different ways of speaking His truth and proclaiming His name and saving grace.
He blesses us with different strengths. He equips us with different skills and talents. He leads us to different places at different times—all according to His plan. A plan we may not see, but know, through faith, is there.
Someone else’s achievement is not about me or what I haven’t done. It’s about Him and what He has called her to do.
My cheering her on is success for God’s Kingdom. My slinking back and quitting enables the Enemy. And I know I don’t want to work to his advantage. Do you?
So, let’s not quit the work God calls us to.
Let’s not miss the opportunity to step out in faith with Him.
Let’s not allow discouragement to set in when we hear of another’s accomplishments—but instead, let’s encourage each other wherever we are, whatever we’re doing.
It’s not my work vs. your work because we’re on the same team—the winning team—God’s team.
So, what do you say? I’ll cheer for you and you cheer for me. We’ll encourage and root for each other…for the good of God’s Kingdom.
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