Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.- Galatians 6:4
Boy oh boy, when I read this scripture in my daily devotional yesterday, it spoke volumes to me spiritually. I am guilty as charged and have been for quite some time now. In the past, I have often found myself comparing what I look like or what I have accomplished to others and it is certainly something that I have prayed about and worked on over the years.
As a young girl constantly bombarded with images of what the media felt I should look like in order to be classified as beautiful, I in return constantly compared my body to all of the other young girls around me. I was (and still am) quite hairy, I have huge brown eyes with long eye lashes and I was overweight. I would constantly ask God, why I couldn’t have been born like her or her or her rather than embracing all of the beautiful qualities he had already given me.
The devotional went on to describe that in these moments of comparison, we as Christians often take our eyes off of Christ and instead focus on ourselves. So true! It was not until I became older and matured spiritually that I realized that everyone was placed on this earth for a different reason in itself, so why compare yourself to them?
So my question to you is: Do you look at other people’s work, homes, belongings or bodies and allow it to keep you from experiencing happiness with gifts that God gave you? Are you guilty as charged, or are you still pleading “non-comparison?”
Overtime, I have also learned to know that I am more than blessed and should be content with all that God has given me. If there is something that I have requested from him, I must remain patient and strong in my faith at all times. I have friends and family with several amazing accomplishments, but there is an unusual, yet remarkable joy that comes from seeing your loved ones and those close to you successful and happy. You can only hope that they would feel the same for you.
It’s time that we stand confident in what God has given us, not others. The bottom line is, “You can’t let comparison rob you of the joy of God’s blessings.”
MY CHOICE: To not compare myself to others, but instead embrace my different qualities with confidence. In other words, love me!
YOUR CHALLENGE: When you find yourself comparing yourself to others, take a step back and refocus on your blessings.
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