At A Different Stage

I’m so fortunate to be a part of a positive group of mothers who all had babies around the same time. In fact, all our children are only a few weeks apart.

To begin with our babies all tracked at the same developmental pace. But the older the get the more different they are.

Today I caught up with one of my mum friends and her daughter. Her daughter was one of the first of our bubs to get teeth. She has three times the amount of teeth as my son!

She’s a gorgeous little girl who is super active and very smiley. She climbs around everywhere and loves to explore.

My son on the other hand tends to stay pretty close to me. He doesn’t venture too far before turning around to make sure I’m still in sight.

But he’s really getting a good handle on his words. He loves to say the name of animals, or at least the sound they make. He is able to say some of his favourite foods and has his version of the names of seven members of our family. And each day he adds another word to his repertoire. Today was “apple”.

So he may still only have a couple of teeth and he’s not as adventurous as some, he has strengths in other areas.

It’s so hard for us to not compare our children to others the same age. In fact, it’s hard for us to not compare ourselves to others, regardless of their age.

But watching my son and his peers has reminded me that God makes us all differently. He gives us our own strengths and allows us to develop in our own way. Comparing ourselves to someone else is such a waste of time and energy. Instead we should be investing in ourselves, and in others, to be all that God has created us to be.

Jesus, You didn’t waste time comparing yourself to others on earth. You just stayed focussed on what your Godly mission was. May we pour ourselves into such endeavours as well. Amen.

How can you invest in yourself and others this week?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.