Not too long ago, I responded to someone's blog post. I'd always admired this blogger, and even looked up to them. It always seemed like this blogger had it mostly together, or at least more so than me, higher ideals, stronger principles, etc. It was easy for me to feel inferior to this blogger.
But not anymore.
In a friendly discussion, the blogger replied to me in a snobby manner. I don't think this blogger meant to and probably didn't even realize it, but it was significant for me.
In the modern world, it is very easy to compare yourself to others, especially when they all have their own blog and can edit their lives at will to the world. It was completely my fault I felt inferior to this blogger and compared myself to them. But it was their fault that they responded snobby. And I simply cannot thank them enough for it! It broke the spell. This blogger is not perfect. This blogger is not omniscient. This blogger does not have all the answers.
I do not mean bloggers should or need to find fault with each other. (In fact I think that happens far too often and for the silliest and stupidest things.) I mean that we should remember that all of us bloggers have our own faults and none of us are experts, or perfect, and, in the end, there is only one opinion that really matters.
No two sets of parents are the same. No two households are the same. All of us parent differently, maybe a little differently or maybe a lot differently, but it doesn't mean some are right and some are wrong. When it comes to the choices we make for our family, God calls each of us to listen to Him, not the internet, and He doesn't lead all of us to Himself by the same identical paths. Some households only eat organic farm-fresh foods, some don't watch any TV, some run on detailed schedules, some have live-in family to help out, some have experienced teachers, some have greater financial resources, some have beautiful big yards, some have nearby museums or parks or beaches, some have support groups, some cloth diaper, some sew their own clothes, some have a pet, etc. Every blog I read on the web has some wonderful attributes but none of them have all of them. It is easy when reading blog after blog, to see the wonderful attributes piled in front of you and feel as though you are failing one attribute at a time that you don't do or don't have or can't provide or are not yet ready to take on.
Really, if all we did was use blogs to compare each other, that is a pretty poor, and unChristian, reason for the blogosphere. If we aren't going to support each other, I think life would be better without the blogosphere. The important thing is not who wears pants or who uses which curriculum or who watches videos or who does whatever else but how we all need to support each other on God's path for us so that all of us give joy to the One whose opinion really does matter.