You don’t have to be “Pinterest Perfect”
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” —Galatians 1:10
While it may be possible that someone else said it before him, President Theodore Roosevelt is attributed with the insightful quote: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
It’s a struggle, isn’t it?
It’s hard not to compare ourselves to others — especially in the age of social media.
And what happens when you do?
You feel less-than.
Thankfully, Roosevelt isn’t the only one who called out the dangers of comparison. God’s Word addresses it, too:
“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” (Galatians 6:4-5 MSG).
The Apostle Paul, who spent many years comparing himself to others — and feeling quite superior to them all — figured it out when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus.
So here’s what you need to remember: God made you, in His image, to be you. Your own set of gifts, talents, and abilities. Your own creative, or more analytical, mind. Pursue the person He wants you to be, reliant on Him … and passionate about what He’s given you to do. Don’t wallow in self-pity and jealousy — a complete waste of time that benefits no one! Serve God. Love Him most, and others next.
My prayer this week: Lord, thank you for making me me! Help me pursue the dreams and goals you’ve placed in my heart, while developing the gifts you’ve given me. Help me serve others with humility. Remove any trace of comparison and jealousy in my heart, and replace them with purpose, renewed passion for you, and love for others.