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For me, I learned that comparing myself to others is NOT healthy. It is not productive either. In fact, for me, its downright dangerous spiritually, mentally and physically and to be honest I believe that to be the same for all of us.

Think of the people who would stop trying to pretend to be something they are not, or stop people-pleasing or keep from unnecessary activities if they simply stopped comparing themselves to others.

Think of the great creative works that can unfold if people stopped trying to be like the other guy.

Think of people who would be helped, changed and dare I say it, transformed, if didn’t try to be like the person who seems to have it together, or rich or famous and seemingly liked by all.

When you compare yourself to other people it could lead to 3 things that I managed to point out during my personal time of study:

1. You forget to celebrate with others in great victories. 

2. You consider your original accomplishments (if any) to be minimal and without value. 

3. It is an unhealthy focus on someone or something else.

This is from 1 Samuel 18:6-9:

When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres.  As they danced, they sang:

“Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands.”

Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.

A celebration occurred after David killed the Philistine giant, Goliath, and a song broke out for Saul and for David. But, Saul was not too happy with the fact that David was, as sung, killed “tens of thousands” whereas he killed his “thousands.”

Notice that Saul just couldn’t be happy with his “thousands.” That’s a pretty big accomplishment. Its not “tens of thousands,” but who cares right. Saul did, and to the point, that he grew angry and kept this unhealthy unproductive focus on David.

From then on, if you keep reading, Saul takes a deeper downturn to the point of death. His jealousy and his disconnection from God leads him to his inevitable death.

For me, I have to practice daily focusing myself on Christ and on His call on my life. It is THAT kind of focus that keeps me from comparing myself to others.

Where Have I Been!?

December 9, 2014 — Leave a comment
Beanie caps are awesome. That's all their is to it!  - Kendall Lyons

Beanie caps are awesome. That’s all their is to it! – Kendall Lyons

Yeah, that’s the question that’s been floating around in my head when I think about this blog and my writing.

Where have I been!? Many places…many places both spiritually and mentally.

Without a doubt, this has been an incredibly long and trying year. And yet, I’m still here. By the Grace of God, I am still here and I’m living to tell about it.

With all of that being said, I apologize for my absence.

I’m not gone yet and I haven’t given up on my blog or blogging. Truth is, I’ve been incredibly busy and project after project left me leaving the blog universe unkept.

But, my intention is to use the blog a bit more than what I have as of late. After all, if it weren’t for the fact that people in life convinced me to blog and share my thoughts on life and issues, I wouldn’t be here today with you readers and analysts of life and struggles.

With that being said, I’m happy to be back with sharing words and thoughts of concern with you and yours!

Let’s make 2015 the best year ever and close the year 2014 out with a celebratory bang!

Goos On The Loose!

November 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

Friday morning I had a chance to meet a Dallas Meteorologist whom I have been a fan of since age 11.

Bob Goosmann of KRLD NewsRadio 1080 and I met for the very first time during a KRLD promotional event in Garland, Texas called “Goos On The Loose.”

While there, I had a chance to also meet some amazing KRLD employees!

Also, got a really cool mug and cup….did I mention a picture or two!?

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My point, KRLD Rules!!!!

Often when I do my writing or when I commute up and down the roadways I listen to KRLD. Being a news junkie and having my background in journalism, it’s just second nature for me to do this!

Enjoy the photos! I know I certainly did!

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Friday Night Reading

Tonight, I just finished reading a book called “The Dumbest Idea Ever,” a graphic novel by Jimmy Gownley. The book is a comic-book style story telling of Mr. Gownley’s life of a boy who grew into his life as a young cartoonist and the deep and impactful life lessons he learned.

This has to be one of the most inspiring graphic novels with a powerful message that I have ever read in a while.

Anyone who is called into art, illustration and cartooning and any creative work needs to get their hands on this book! Jimmy’s life as a kid resonated with my now 29 year old experience…starting off and not too sure if things will go the way I hope. And yet, there’s a deep desire and yearning to draw and to write and I don’t think I’ll be able to stop even if I wanted too.

Jimmy went through a period of deep depression and unhappiness and he went through a period of ego-driven silliness But, Jimmy came out of that like so many of us and made things right. When he leaves his little town he sees the world is much larger than what he realizes when it comes to art and talent and considers what he must do as a cartoonist.

Say Something Important

One of the take-away’s I got from the book was the moment that took place between Jimmy and his friend. He encouraged Jimmy to “say something important” in his comics.

I think this can be said for all of us and in anything we do, especially, for writers and creatives and more!

In anything we do I think we should ask the question, “what are we trying to communicate?” Are we creating what we are creating so we can tell people that “we love them” or are we trying to show someone that even though life sucks for a minute “it’s going to be okay?”

I think we should ask that question for every post we make on Facebook or for every sentence we prepare to write in the midst of our crafting of a letter, a story or a blog post.

Jimmy Gownley’s Similar Start To My Start

My mom told me that I should write about my life and my experiences…that I should blog. But, I genuinely thought to myself, why I on earth would the world want to hear about a 20-something-year old guy whose got a deep interest for storytelling, cartoons and random stuff.

Who would care!?

A few years later, I end up writing books and I rock this blog…and you, the readers, I’m humbled that you entrust your time to me and provide the mouse clicks to my blog articles.

It genuinely helps keep me going!

I felt the same way about cartoons until a few cartoonists, awesome ones, encouraged me to keep going. I almost gave up but I’m so glad that I didn’t. I got a lot more to go and much more to learn but I’m grateful for the support.