The Lesson of the Puny Daffodils
Three puny daffodils popped up in the patch of country dirt right outside my window facing my husband’s man cave. I planted flowers there for an excuse to stare out the window when I need a break at my office desk. They bring me joy!
In no way do they compare to the array of daffodils I photographed on my trip to Rhode Island in spring a few years back. My heart leaps when I think of those rows and rows of yellow loveliness popping up just off the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.
Compare Daffodils, But Not People
As a child, my mother compared me to my cousin. I displeased my mom when my grades didn’t reach the honor roll like my cousin or if I gained a few more pounds than her. My strongest feeling at that time, intimidation, shaped me.
I avoided comparing my kids when I became a parent. I learned the enemy of our souls does a number on us sufficiently without our parent’s words echoing in our heads.
The small-boned kid says “I’m glad I take after your side of feminine looking women.”
The straight-A kid says: “I lucked out with Dad’s genes. I’m glad I’m smart.”
Humans compare themselves. It’s good to assess our strengths and weaknesses. We need to remind ourselves that God always loves us. In fact, we are all special kids to Him.
Competition is good.
Hopefully, we will not lose sight of the fact that we are unique and loved the way we are as we set higher goals. More importantly, may we not forget to celebrate others in their achievements.
Scripture holds me accountable:
“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” Galatians 6:4,5
I’m taking a lesson from my puny daffodils today. They popped up in a country patch; end of story. They do not know that they are less than their royal breed in a perfect weed-free spot in Rhode Island. They just don’t know any better than to raise their less-than-perfect little heads and shine their yellow smiles in the air and bring their owner quiet joy.