have you ever felt super confident in who you are until someone else made you feel differently? not necessarily by their words but because you did a little thing called compare??
i think if we’re being honest, we’ve all done it. and if we’re being super honest, we do it more than we’d like or we even intend to.
the first time i vividly remember comparing myself to someone else was when i was eight years old (yes- 8… it starts young). my friend and i were swimming and i noticed that my legs were a bit wider than hers even though she was older than me, so i asked my mom afterwards why that was, because it didn’t make me feel good. i was comparing.
when i was in high school surrounded my tons of people dating and I was single, i felt less than and i felt lonely. i was comparing.
it happens in school when someone gets a better grade than you.
it happens on social media when you see someone else posting their spotless home and yours is messy.
or when someone seems to have their entire life together and all of a sudden your life seems far from perfect.
honestly, i think comparison nowadays stems very strongly from social media. the idea that we can be happy and content with our life until we see someone else’s “better” life and instantly our mindset shifts. that’s corrupt.
1 Peter 2:9 (ESV) is a great reminder. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
if we truly knew who we were in Christ, we wouldn’t let things of this world dictate our emotions and guide our thoughts as much as we do. if we truly lived by the example of Christ being who we are and why we live, we wouldn’t let someone we don’t even know on social media make us feel less about our own lives.
just because someone is bragging about their new car, perfect baby, new house, spotless home, etc., doesn’t mean they’re perfect. it actually probably means that they have an insecurity themselves and are trying to fill that void with something other than Jesus.
today, let’s focus on being grateful and thankful for what we have and that all that matters is what Christ says about us and not how others make us feel.
stop comparing. instead, focus on how God has blessed you today. the list of blessings will far outweigh the feelings of “less than.”
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