Comparison: It’s the thief of joy. Especially among women, comparison is rampant. You likely know how the story goes- you want to be prettier, more capable, able to do it all. You can see those who you perceive to be those things, and you slowly become bitter and dissatisfied with who you are.
The secret is, living this way corrupts what you have. We all have our own giftings, our own beauty, and our own talents. However, comparison tells us one of two lies- we are either better, which is not true (Romans 3:23, “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”), or, all too often, it tells us we just come up short, and we just aren’t as good as so many other people, which is also untrue.
I want to challenge you today to stop comparing. Be YOU. YOU are gifted. YOU are beautiful. YOU are- wow– unique. Do you know what a gift that is? You are the ONLY you. Why not embrace that? You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)- embrace God’s plan for you and grow in that.
Be the best you you can be. Stop trying to be that one friend who seems to have it all down, that one woman who seems to being a living Pinterest board, or that woman on television. Decide to be you and find out what YOU are gifted in. One of the most liberating things to someone stuck in comparison is the realization that there is no one like me, God made me for a reason, and that I am special. Say those things. Believe those things.
So, what am I suggesting you do? Three simple things…
- Stop comparing. If you struggle with comparison, I highly recommend reading the Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. This is a fabulous book that addresses many things that start in the mind, including comparison and discontentment.
- Focus on maximizing your God-given gifts and talents. If you aren’t sure what you are good at, StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a fabulous book based on the premise that each of us has natural strengths that we have the capability to become much better in than other strengths that don’t come naturally to us. Maximize your giftings by focusing on those that come naturally to you.
- Lastly, join me in the 30 Day Living Your Best Challenge. Ask a friend to do this with you, or to simply hold you accountable, and for the next 30 days commit to shutting down those “I suck” and “I wish I was like…” thoughts and, instead, to discovering and maximizing your giftings and your talents and thanking God for all He has given you and made you to be.
It’s time to start living the best life you can have. How rewarding would it be to look back on your life one day and know you lived to the best of your ability? Let’s not be those that would look back and see a life riddled with discontentment and marked by having always wanted to be someone else or in someone else’s shoes. Comment below to let us know you are joining our challenge!
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