What are you most proud of?

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Hello Tapestry Readers! I hope you have enjoyed
reading the various posts over the past few weeks. If this is your first visit
to our site, make sure to take the time to go back and review the discussions
so far. We’ve covered some important topics and
you don’t want to miss any of it!

About a year ago, one of my professors sent out an
email wanting to catch up with all of his former interns. I want to brag on all of you, he said. Tell me about your greatest achievements and accomplishments. What are
you most proud of?

I groaned at the thought! When I received the
email, the adoption of our second child had just recently been completed. I was
exhausted from the travel (3 trips to Russia), the adjustment to life with my
beautiful and lively little girl, and the laundry (did you know that
adding just one child increases your laundry exponentially?). I had decided to
take a semester off from my studies to rest, spend time helping Stella adjust,
and teach myself French (most doctoral students have to learn how to read
French and German—don’t ask why.) My
greatest accomplishment for that particular day was that I had actually taken a
shower and learned a total of two vocabulary words while the kids napped. I immediately
began to imagine what other former interns were doing: missionaries serving
across the ocean, tenured professors at prominent Seminaries, senior pastors of
churches all across the nation, all leading amazing ministries and doing great
things for the kingdom. Maybe I wouldn’t even respond to the email…

in a rare moment of clarity I did respond with something a little like this: What is my greatest accomplishment these
days? I am potty training my 2 year old, convincing my 4 year old to stop using
potty words in his daily conversations, and all the while teaching myself how
to read French. And I bet that’s something none of your other interns can

In that moment I realized that when I start
comparing myself to others, I lose sight of who I am: Terri, mother of two,
struggling PhD student, wife of Darren, loved and valued beyond measure by my
family, my friends, and my Lord. I begin to either think myself as less than or
more than I am, rather than with the sober and realistic judgment Paul speaks
of in Romans 12:3 (when you look it up be sure to read the entire paragraph, 12:1-8).
The hierarchy of prominence we’ve created where certain gifts, positions, or
accomplishments are more valued is just that—our own creation rather than the
biblical ideal. Don’t be pressured to
measure your journey or your accomplishments by the standards of others, even
other Christians; be faithful in what the Lord has placed before you and rest
in his view of you. And next time you
see me, remind me to do the same!

Something to think about: If you weren’t afraid of
how it compared to others’, what would you say is your greatest accomplishment
of late?

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