The only 'catch', so to speak, is that by surrounding myself with so many amazing artisans is that I am thereby exposed to so many amazing artisans. And doubt creeps in. They are better than me. Have more sales than me. Have a bigger blog following than me. Make a better product than I do. I call this 'etsy envy', and I don't believe it's something God wants in my life. Jealousy is a strange thing, because it grows and grows but only really hurts the one feeling it. In fact, jealousy is among the things Paul lists in the New Testament as 'acts of the sinful life' and tells us to rid our lives of them (Galatians 5:19-20).
*So here's where the background music of Julie Andrews singing 'I've Got Confidence In Me' begins to play...*
I love the things I make. And I know that online, especially on etsy, is a vast sea of beautiful, quality children's products. I am privileged to be among them! I hope today you find ways to celebrate all the beautiful made things around you... And to find time to make some yourself!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature, with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep instep with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.