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When Comparison Tries to Steal Your Joy

I’m going to be completely honest; I have a nasty habit of comparing myself to other people.

All the time. All day. Every day.

What does this accomplish in my life? Nada.

Checking social media these days basically consists of finding out who got a promotion, accepted into their dream grad school, got engaged, or had a baby.

Next thing I know, I’m sending congratulatory notes with tears in my eyes, wishing it was me.

We treat life like it’s a race and I’m throwing in the towel on this mentality.

It’s one thing to trust in God’s plan for our life, and it’s an entirely different thing to trust in God’s timing for our life.

This weekend my family went out to dinner after a particularly rough day of me comparing myself to everyone I know. My dad, in an attempt to be funny, made a comment that shook my bottled up emotions to the point of explosion. I started ugly crying in the middle of the restaurant (shout out to our waiter for pretending not to notice).

Between my sloppy mascara river sobs, I managed to choke out, “My life just isn’t progressing as fast as everyone else’s and it’s not fair because I did everything I was supposed to.”

What does this even mean? Who do I think I am to control the life I claim I surrendered to Him?

God, forgive me every time I pick something back up that I’ve already laid at Your feet.

If I wanted to, I could control my own life and probably have a really mediocre one, or I could give it all to Him and have a life beyond my greatest dreams.

“Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” –Habakkuk 1:5

He’s on our side. He’s cheering us on. He wants the best for us.

He needs our surrender.

We can make good decisions on our own, but with Christ, we can make wise decisions. Oh, let me tell you, it’s so much better.

God has a special and unique plan for you, and looking at the person next to you will do nothing to help you accomplish it.

You are FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made for a reason. You were born with unique gifts, purpose, callings and timing for a reason.

Count your blessings with gratitude, not to see how they stack up to everyone else’s.

“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.” –Galatians 6:4-5

Let’s stop comparing ourselves to the people around us and start comparing ourselves to the One whose image we were created in.

Stop comparing yourself to the prettiest girl in your sorority. Stop comparing yourself to the guy two cubicles down who always gets the promotion. Stop comparing yourself to the girl who dates all the guys you want. Stop comparing yourself to the relationship that seems so much better than yours.

Stop comparing yourself to the people around you and start comparing yourself to who you were created to be.

I can only imagine how beautiful the world would be if we spent less effort trying to be like everyone else, and more effort trying to reflect the love of a Holy God.

Compare yourself to Christ so you can be more like Him.

That’s a joy that no one can steal.

ashton

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