Friday, May 10, 2013

Comparison Is The Thief of Joy

Galatians 6:4
 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.

As women we are all born (or at least most of us) with this little nagging voice in the back of our heads that tells us we have to "be like her" or compete with other women around us to be "the best". Maybe it's the way she dresses or does her hair, the salary she earns, the talent she has, the sexy body she's built or her cooking skills. Comparison is SO ugly!  When we compare ourselves to someone else the only person who suffers is us. If you spend you days wishing you were something other than you are, you've wasted time finding out how amazing God has called you to be! 

There's nothing wrong with aspiring to have similar characteristics of someone - for example I have a friend that refuses to ever say something negative about someone else.  When I first met her and a group of people at work would start gossiping about someone -she would always jump to that persons defense and at the very least say nothing at all.  This was a characteristic that I desired in my own life. I never want to take part in the war of words -  aka gossip. (Oh my that could be a whole new post.)  Again it's easy to get caught up in gossip but she was proof that it was possible to steer away from it and so I have done my best to follow her lead.  But when it gets to the point that your thinking of that person and comparing them to what you consider your own shortcomings, then you are letting it steal your joy. 

Let's let other people inspire us while keeping in mind that we were all made so differently and each with a different purpose. Look at yourself in the mirror of your heart and make a mental list of everything that you desire to be - then do those things! Practice makes perfect!  You can be or do anything you want to do as long as you are pulling from your natural God given talents.  Then and only then will you reach true satisfaction in your life and who you are as a woman.