“A healthy perspective never comes from comparison”.
None of us has ever ‘arrived’. Each of us is unique. No one says “Look how fast I am running! I am so much faster than you!,” Because the reality is, it wouldn’t be long before they ran out of gas, before they ran out of steam, and no longer are they the ‘super fast one’ you wish you could be. They have slowed down, they’re tired, they can’t go any further. You can’t look at someone at the gym and say “Oh, she’s really struggling with her weight, at least I am in better shape than she is”, because suddenly, the chistled chick just off the stairmill crosses your path and the comparison game ends right there for you. All of a sudden you compare yourself to her and how if only you could be as fit and toned as that girl… the cycle never ends….
There will always be someone who’s stronger, more disciplined, more this more that. Appreciate that He is walking with you each day and he is growing in you just need to make yourself available so you can be the Mom, the wife, the daughter,the athelete that you were created to be. Comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t compare yourself to anyone. Many times we want to quit and throw in the towel . We say to ourselves, “How can I ever get back in those skinny jeans” after having a baby, how can I ever compete with all these other moms on Pinterest who just have it all together, how will I ever finish this marathon that I just signed up for? I quit !” Let me reassure you that feeling is normal. You can feel like quitting but just DON’T quit. Don’t quit on yourself and who God created you to be. God has a specific plan for you, o n l y you, so there’s no point in comparing your life to anyone else’s, ever.
In Galatians 6 it says, ‘Each person should judge his own actions and not compare himself with others. Then he can be proud for what he himself has done. Each person must be responsible for himself.”
How do have new perspectives about ourselves? How do we deflect the lies of the enemies all around us and r e m e m b e r who we are?
When you’re feeling isolated, alone, and trapped by comparison and any other darkness that hovers over you, remember to always default back to the best selling book in history, the living Bible! The Word of God is your best friend because it tells you all the things you need to hear to bring you back to what God has in store for you. And if you dig a bit deeper, you will find all the promises that our Creator has are far BIGGER than anything that you or I could imagine! The bible says in James 1:23 that the Word of God is like a mirror. When we look into the Word and see what God has to say, and how beautifully unique He created each one of us, it is then that we can begin to see our true identity. When we receive them by faith and act on them, they truly begin to renew the image we have of ourselves on the inside, we begin to shine on the outside, and the habit of comparing ourselves to others starts to fade away.
Our #1 teacher and parent is God himself. Just as a small child looks to his mother or father as a role model, a teacher, a guide as to how to live in this world, we should look to our Heavenly father and allow him to set the standard in our lives. If our default is comparing ourselves with those around us, we will stumble every time. When we look into the mirror to define our beauty and abilities, there will always be a chance to find a flaw or short coming. Instead, let’s make the choice to go to God’s Word to find our value and worth. After all, this is the mirror that is true, because it was written by a living God and he calls us Beautiful 🙂
Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that what the mirror shows isn’t to what you find beautiful. You look at my inward parts and find the true long lasting beauty. You formed me before I was born, and you find no spot, flaw, or blemish in me. Help me to see myself the way you seem. Help me not to ever compare or judge myself according to the standards of this world, but show me my identity and my worth in y o u.