"A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms." ~ Author Unknown
It's not a secret that I love anything to do with flowers. A quote about flowers puts me over the moon and back. And this quote? I especially adore it. But let's get back to flowers first.
One of my very favorite things to do late summer is admire all the seed flowers blooming in my garden. I love to plant a lot of different varieties of zinnias because each one is so beautiful. Throw in asters and marigolds and cosmos and sunflowers - all of which also have different varieties. Oh my! I could never ever pick a favorite one because they are all so uniquely beautiful. They bloom where they are planted and don't think a single thing about who is planted next to them or how they can improve to be prettier than the flower in the next row over. They simply bloom.
With a combination of having daughters in the house who are quickly growing up plus working in a ministry that primarily serves women, I wish I could pass this message onto them. Simply bloom.
For you see, the technology media culture that they are living in is so competitive. Selfies reign as the media feed of Facebook, Twitter, Instagrams, Snapchat, and even Pinterest clamors at us about how to look, dress, feel, smell, decorate, exercise, eat, travel, worship, craft.....and the list goes on and on and on. The comparison game gets played often as we work at this or that or the other thing to be as good as (or better) at what is perceived as best. There's the chase to go as hard as you can to "NAIL IT".
Somehow being REAL gets lost in all this. Women are becoming baffled, perplexed, and uncertain. Who are they? Really?
As much as the technology media shouts "relationship!", it often falls far short of true real relationship. You know, it's missing that which touches our hearts when we sit down together, talk, listen, giggle, and share a warm hug. It's missing the sense of privacy and safety of sharing your heart in a place where you don't have to worry about someone forwarding your conversation in an email or across Facebook. It's missing the incredible value of being reminded of who you in God's eyes - someone created with a purpose and a plan, someone who He considers as His masterpiece, someone who He loves abundantly and was willing to die for even if you were the last person on the earth. And with all of those examples, guess what? There's NO competition. Just you. Being real. Simply blooming.
Can I suggest something? Turn off all your electronics. Get into God's Word and see what He has to say about who you are. Know you are loved abundantly. Connect one-on-one with someone. Share your heart. Be real. And simply bloom into the person God created you to be because that's what true beauty is all about!