Shauna Letellier
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Shauna Letellier is the author of Remarkable Hope: When Jesus Revived Hope in Disappointed People. With her husband Kurt, she has the wild and hilarious privilege of raising three boys along the banks of the Missouri River where they fish swim and rush off to ballgames.

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  1. First off, congrats for going for it and doing it! That takes courage to begin with.
    Second, I hear you. It’s so easy to begin the compare game. And one that I fall prey to more often than I want to admit.
    Her hair is prettier than mine. She has nicer clothes than me. Her children behave better than mine.
    It’s so easy to do.
    Thanks for sharing your heart and perspective!
    Blessings from one momma of 3 to another. 🙂

    • I agree, Melanie. Comparison really sucks the life out of every good thing. For me, the best antidote is thankfulness.

  2. Good on you! You are so right comparison and the mind games that go with it are no good. Congratulations on achieving your goal what a triumph you should be proud of your efforts. Thanks for sharing this lesson learnt

  3. I think you did AHH-mazing!!! I also TOTALLY understand about the wanting to beat someone in a race…I started walking/running 5k with a program called Girls on The Run with my daughters….by doing the sessions with my girls I figured I would totally be ready to beat whatever parent that had signed up with their daughter to do the race…HA! i could barely keep up with my own kid much less any other adult. It was humbling and I DO NOT forget that feeling whenever I start another race.

  4. Shauna,

    Thanks so much for the reminder to not compare, but just do our best. And, thanks to the lady who mentioned living a life of gratitude. I just read a wonderful book on that subject, titled One Thousand Gifts. It’s a beautifully written book that once enacted (lots of practice) leads to a life that glorifies God in everything. Thanks for sharing your talent.

    God bless,

  5. Great read, as always & thanks for sharing! This year has been insightful for me too! We are all called to different paths-so true. Love ya!

  6. Congratulations on running and finishing the 5K.

    I, too, did the Couch to 5K routine and ran a 5K. My goal was to finish and not be last, which I wasn’t. I feel I did my best that day. My big problem now is at work. I constantly compare my skills to others. They may have better training, more experience, etc. I still get upset and compare. All that does is make me upset and angry.

    We need to realize that God made each of us unique. We all have different skills, likes, interests, etc. We just need to do the best with the talents & abilities God has given us–work as unto God and leave the rest to Him!

  7. Way to finish 5K!! That is no small feat, from one runner to another. But this post also spoke to my heart about the very thing I struggle with most as a woman. I don’t want to play that comparison game, and yet I find myself doing it over and over, despite many humiliating defeats. One day I hope to look in the mirror and see reflected back the image God sees instead.