Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to be friends with men as opposed to women?
It has long been argued that the two can never just be friends, but the reality is, sometimes male companionship can be WAY more preferable.
Why you ask?
One simple word . . .
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this guilty pleasure otherwise known as the Real Housewives franchise on Bravo television. Of course I know its garbage, mind numbing, foolishness, but there’s something so intriguing about watching and learning from the way these “women” behave. Time after time, I see friendships crumble, words exchanged, and lives turned upside down by the ugly competing nature that’s buried so deep inside each one of us. While these ladies let their atrocious behaviors play out on the small screen every week, this ugly inherent character trait tends to play out subtly in our daily lives.
While the housewives compete on a larger scale with houses and cars, we compete with our words, status, and the like. I find it so saddening to see women putting each other down simply because someone may be prettier, smarter, or more successful. The truth is none of us have to succumb to the spirit of competition. God has made each and every one of us uniquely, with a wonderful purpose for our lives. I can’t do the things you do well and vice versa. We as women need to come together, take a stand, and determine to stop the competing and start celebrating each other’s accomplishments. Then and only then will we experience the life changing friendships that come with having great community with other Godly women.
In Matthew 5:5 (MSG), we’re told:
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought."
In the opening credits of every Housewives episode, each woman makes a statement that epitomizes her lifestyle, morals, or current situation. So in true Housewives fashion, my Matthew 5:5 translation would be,
“I don’t have to compete. I’m simply the best me I can be.”
So my question to you is how will you live in this New Year being the absolute best you can be? Let this be the year we stop competing and start celebrating! It’s going to be a bright 2013.
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