Isaiah 40:29 (cev)
Does anyone else get really sick of hearing sound bites like “don’t compare yourself to others”? Can we just be real for a second about this, because it’s way easier said than done. The moment someone walks through the doorway, whether it’s at Forever 21 or church, we’re comparing ourselves without even realizing it. Don’t believe me? Does anything like this sound familiar?
“I wish I could eat donuts and stay that tiny.”
“I would look good in pattern pants if I had long legs like that.”
“Her blonde isn’t brassy at all. Why does my blonde get so brassy?”
See; comparison. Instead of pretending that we’re above this, why don’t we embrace it and use it as a catalyst for gratitude? There are two sides to every coin, and if we’re going to continue using comparisons to see our weaknesses – and obviously we are, because we’re human – why don’t we also use it to see our blessings?
I’m certainly not the richest person in the world, but I’m also not the poorest.
I’m not even a little bit good at painting, but I can create art with a camera.
I don’t have the best (or even real) blonde hair, but I have hair.
I’m not suggesting we walk around and point out the weaknesses of others – I’m suggesting that we see the contrasts in the good and the bad and point to JESUS, recognizing that he gave us all good things, and he’s made stronger in our weaknesses.
It’s okay to admit your weaknesses. We don’t have to hide them; we’re all human with really real flaws. And it’s okay to celebrate your strengths. We don’t have to hide them – we’re all human with a really generous God.
What are some of the weaknesses you tend to focus on? What are your triggers for falling into the comparison trap?
Spend some time in prayer today thanking the Lord for creating you exactly as you are.