When Chris was here last week - he asked me all kinds of questions about blogging for the documentary. One of the things he asked me was "do I feel competitive with other bloggers?"
I just had to laugh.
I know a lot of bloggers feel a lot of competition from other bloggers and with other bloggers but I just don't. I think because I don't have any goals or desires with this blog outside of using it for my family and for ministry. I'm not real worried with numbers or going "viral".
I know I've been lucky and I've had amazing things happen through this little blog and I am so thankful but I also am so thrilled for all of my blog friends. I'm so excited for all of my blog friends who have now gone on to write books. It's been amazing to see their journey!
I'm excited for other bloggers who have gotten on TV or had opportunities. I'm happy for everyone because as a whole - it's neat to see the opportunities that have opened up in blogging in general.
And I'm not just talking blogging. I'm excited for my friends in general for whatever good things come their ways. It's just not really in my make-up to be jealous or competitive with people around me. I love to see good things happen to good people.
I know it's hard not to feel a twinge of envy when your friends get a new, bigger house or a great job or go on an exciting vacation. (NOW I will admit - I do get jealous when I look at everyone's beach pictures on social media all summer. :-))
Do you struggle with this? Are you genuinely happy for those around you - whether in real life or in blogging - when good things happen for them? Or is it a struggle for you internally? Do you support and encourage your friends or do you kind of pull back?
Is this a stronghold in your life? Or a non-issue?
I always think of the verse:
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up 1 Thess 5:11