Thank you all for chiming in and joining the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and below! As promised I have my response today, taken right from the parenting and relational gurus themselves Mac and Julie Richard of Lake Hills Church in Austin, Texas. I heard this at a parenting seminar they led last year, and it covers the gamut of outright and “creative” lying — verbal, nonverbal, gestural or via Jedi mind tricks (my fave!).
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Before I dive into unpacking this phrase with you guys, I am inclined to remind you that you are about to get the “Unplugged Joycy” – direct, unfiltered and to the point. For those that know me in person, this would consist of a calm, eyes-locked-in, admittedly intense demeanor as I deliver this phrase, “Do not compare yourself to the devil to make yourself look good!” I’m getting fired up even writing this!
What do I mean? I find that we can easily short change ourselves by comparing ourselves to mediocrity in order to boost our self-image. We don’t ever hear the phrase, “Aim low!” So why would we entertain a thought that allows us to compare ourselves with mediocrity to make ourselves feel good. Be honest! Assess yourself! Identify your strengths and your weaknesses. Set your goals, make a plan, give yourself grace when you mess up, but KEEP MOVING! Be the best you that you can be and you will be surprised at what you can achieve. You know your gifts, you know your talents, you know what you are naturally drawn to — develop those and see where that leads. Do not fear the unknown. Today was unknown until you got here and you survived it!
Often times when we are fearful of stepping into the places where opportunity has been created. We create excuses to rationalize and justify our stagnancy. BUT please know you are only holding yourself back from the best of wherever and whatever God has for you…i.e…if God has called you to the mountaintop, do not make your tent by the hillside and call it cozy.
I am speaking from experience on this and likely why I am so passionate to motivate you all. If this describes you, know that I have been where you are and I challenge you to join me on the other side. You can be fearful as long as you move through your fear and press on – your best life is yet to come. Go seize it! Start by taking one courageous step at a time :).