I’m Insecure Because I Can’t Stop Comparing

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A while ago I posted a video about living in my van.

Some times I feel weird telling people what I do with my life because I feel like they’ll look down on me. Like I failed or screwed up and that’s how I ended up here. I know it’s not true but I can still feel insecure.

It reminds me of a blog I wrote 4 years ago when I was about to graduate from college. I was freaking out about my future and jealous of everyone else’s plans in life. This what I wrote:

God makes it happen at different times for different people AND in different ways. You can’t cop someone else’s spiritual journey. And you can’t rush your own.

If you want to read the whole blog post, it’s here: http://www.taylorjohnsononline.com/god-makes-it-happen/

If you want to watch my video about living in a van, it’s here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cpOutE37yA

I asked everyone who receives my weekly email newsletter if they ever deal with this. Do they find themselves comparing their lives to people around them? Do they get jealous? Does it make them discouraged or feel like giving up? I wanted to know how they dealt with it.

Here’s what they said.

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My New Horrible Videos on Youtube

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I’m writing this as I sit in a Starbuck in Amarillo, TX. I’m on my way to Colorado for a weekend of performing and I stopped here to shower and use free wifi. Well, I showered at a Planet Fitness. Not at Starbucks. Although, I once bathed myself in a Starbucks sink. It was a long and sad process and I’m sure the rest of the day people could tell. I had the look of someone who spent the morning scooping water onto my naked body from a public bathroom sink. Why am I telling you this? I don’t know. I’m sorry.

There are new videos on my Youtube Channel. That’s what I wanted to tell you. It looks like at least for the rest of the month there will be a new video up there every week.

Here’s one of the videos. It’s really dumb and I hope my grandparents never see it. If you want to stay updated on when these videos come out you can SUBSCRIBE on my channel. That seems like a good idea.

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FREE Easter Sunday Script

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With Easter just around the corner churches are planning what creative elements they want to include in their big Easter Sunday service.

I wanted to offer this monologue I wrote several years ago that focuses on the impact of Easter in a unique way.

I know how easy it is to roll our eyes at “church dramas” and I know why we do it. But I really stand by this piece. I’ve seen it impact audiences and I’ve felt it impact me every time I performed it. I literally can’t get through a performance of this script without choking up. You’ll see that in the video at the bottom.

 

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Planning Your Ministry Calendar

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As a comedian and speaker, I’m always getting emails from churches that open with something like this:

 

“Sorry this is last minute, but we have this event coming up in a few weeks and we were wondering if you’re free.”

 

I can totally relate to these emails, and I send plenty myself. Unfortunately, last minute planning leads to all kinds of problems.

 

But you already know that.

We all know that.

 

In a perfect world we’d have every detail planned and in place for events A YEAR in advance. We’d see boosts in attendance, greater volunteer involvement, and everyone would sing “Saul has slain his thousand but this pastor is KILLING IT with event planning!”

 

But it’s so easy for the calendar to get away from us.

 

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See Stephen Colbert’s Greatness [VIDEO]

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Stephen Colbert is a thoughtful and thought provoking comedian. He also has the sense of humor of an 8th grade boy.

 

My fellow Americans, last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on the film and television podcast Seeing & Believing. They brought me in to shine a light on a subject I am a bit of an expert in: “not being able to shut up about how great Stephen Colbert is.”

 

In fact, the whole reason I was invited onto the show is because of something I tweeted out in desperation.

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Stephen Colbert takes over The Late Show tonight. If you’re not all that excited for it, let me share some of my favorite Colbert clips to help explain why this show is going to be so great.

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Should I be Scared to Die? [video]

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We’re all going to die one day and that’s terrifying.

I think about death a lot and now I’m going to talk about it with you so you can think about it a lot too. Hooray for death!

Isn’t it crazy that you could die before you finish reading this post? That means either you’re an impossibly slow reader and it takes you 40 years to get through 100 words OR it means you could die at any minute.

How does that make you feel? Does it freak you out? Are you ok with it?

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My One Good Heckler Story

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The words were leaving my mouth and there was nothing I could do to stop them. I didn’t have time to think “Is this a good idea?”

 

I’m sure a lot of us have stories that involve a moment like this. You ask a lady about the baby you think she’s pregnant with and then all of a sudden OH NO WHAT HAVE I DONE?! She’s not pregnant. She’s just gassy. Then you’re just stuck there in the awkwardness willing to do anything to escape.

 

It’s bad enough when you have a moment like this when you’re alone, but can you imagine if it happens when you’re on stage? In front of a lot of people? Doing standup? And your name is Taylor Johnson? Can you imagine?!

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