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Wednesday, November 11, 2009


If love is blind, I've still got a chance. I wrote that last night in the book I'm working on. I admit I enjoy laughing at myself. Sometimes I look in the mirror in the morning and I'm sure my forehead is growing. I tell people my hairline isn't receding, my eyebrows are just falling down.

I'm single and this tends to lead me to comparing myself with other single men, or you might say I like to square off against the competition. Of course I'm comparing myself to people like an unshaven George Clooney, a young Robert Redford, and a tall Michael J Fox (I'm just trying to make it a fair fight). All these men have been seen with women I would marry.

I was thinking about this comparison thing last night holding two travel mugs trying to decide which would be better for our new discount program. They differed in color, in weight, in size, and in price. The test for how well they performed revealed they were also very different in what they could do. The test didn't go the way I expected but it got me thinking.

I used to think a good friend of mine had said, "Comparison is the thief of joy," but actually I think it was C.S. Lewis, not that me and C.S. aren't great friends. This is probably the smartest thing a human being has ever uttered. Comparison turns community into competition and friends into foes. Comparison is a way of self mutilation practiced daily by people who are overwhelmed by the need to fit in. I believe one thing the Kingdom will eventually reveal is an equal appreciation for diversity. One day we may celebrate our personal handicaps.

Practically speaking, I started thinking about how I rob my own joy by taking something perfectly beautiful in it's own right and shoving it next to something to be dominated, like taking a lady bug and comparing it to a rainbow or like taking the life of Timm Jonson and shoving it next to Howard Schultz. Sometimes we are harder on ourselves than anybody else in our own life. I simply wanted to remind you/me that we're beautiful today. Our unique life stands as a testimony to God's creativity. And regardless of what the mirror tells us, there is a God who finds us precious. And his fervent love for us has been demonstrated in a very ugly but beautiful display called Calvary. The mirror doesn't lie, we do.


Blogger Jennifer Trently said...

Amen, comparing myself to others I think I will struggle with it for the rest of my life. Really excited about the new mugs!! A friend of mine is getting married a week from Saturday in Dyersburg, so I am giving them a gift card so they can have a coffee date. Blessings, Jennifer Trently p.s Someone told me today who I had given a copy of Chainsaw Preacher how much they enjoyed it.

November 11, 2009 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger timmhammerjonson said...

Thanks Jennifer! Hopefully the mugs will be ready soon! Thanks for spreading the word and passing the book around. God bless you and your family!

November 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM  

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