Stop Comparing Yourself!
As a teenager, born again and filled with the Spirit, I became this trailblazer for God, ready for each new adventure and season. I loved the Word of God. I sought out time to be alone in prayer and was passionate to discover who I was in Him and what was my purpose.
God bless my parents who may not have understood all the plans and pursuits I came up with, but they respected who I was becoming. I was a purpose driven daughter of the King who was relentless and passionate about the life I was to live here on this earth.
I found early on how unique we all are and how important it was to not compare ourselves to anyone else. (See Galatians 6:4)
So when I became a young adult, I began helping women discover who they are and created a support group to empower women to embrace that they are capable, intelligent and worth more than diamonds. This is a pursuit that I continue to be passionate about today.
Galatians 5:25-26 says it best:
“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.” MSG
Have you ever found yourself making comparisons to other people after watching a show or spending too much time online?
After making comparisons, have you beat yourself up for not doing enough, being enough, or making enough progress in your own life?
Research has shown repeatedly that happiness decreases when you’re constantly comparing yourself to those who are not doing as well as you. We have an uphill battle with television shows that promote attitudes and values that leave you feeling stressed, anxious, and less appreciative of your own life and blessings. And then there is social media that allows you to keep tabs on what everyone is doing—or supposedly doing—24/7.
What is the solution?
Don’t compare yourselves with others either in your thoughts, words or actions.
Focus on the blessings in your life own life rather than obsessing over everyone else’s.
Be intentional about noticing how your exposure to media is shaping how you feel about yourself.
When you feel yourself getting out of balance, step back, take a breath, and notice all you have to be grateful for.
Galatians 6:4-5 says we are to “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” MSG
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