Take this simple quiz. Answer the following questions with only a yes or no.
Do you compare your body with others around you?
Do you compare your job to the jobs of your friends or family?
Do you compare your clothing with what your friend/co-worker may be wearing?
Do you compare your spouse?
Do you compare your children?
Do you compare your state of happiness (or lack thereof)?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you suffer from an age-old sickness called envy. I’ve been hit with this bug too. More than I’m willing to admit. If you’re anything like me, comparing myself with someone else 9 times out of 10, leaves me feeling down, angry, jealous and.…the list goes on. I don’t remember a time when I’ve compared myself to someone else and felt on top of the world. You know why? Because the enemy uses comparison to kill us! Yes, kill us! Nothing saps our strength and dreams more than comparing ourselves with someone else. A well -known side affect of comparison is memory loss. We forget who God made us. We forget about our own uniqueness. We forget that we are talented in ways others are not. Comparison also causes blindness. Comparison causes us not to see the beauty that lies within us. It causes our sight to be jaded, which in turn causes self-judgment and being overly critical of our lives. Looking at ourselves in the mirror, we lack to the ability to see the masterpiece God made us, and only see the “flaws”. We can’t see clearly because we are allowing the haze of comparison to cloud our judgment.
Here are two fantastic verses from the bible that combat the lie of comparison:
“Let everyone be sure to do his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work done well and won’t need to compare himself with someone else.” (Galatians 6:4 LB)
“We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT).
Comparison will take you off course and lead you astray from God’s calling on your life. Stand your ground and fight the disease of comparison.
There’s never been anyone like you. There is no one like you. There never will be anyone like you. In the wise words of Dr. Suess: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
I want to give you a challenge:
Write a list of 10 things that you like about yourself. Anything from your hair, to your creative abilities to the way you laugh. Try to get at least 10 things. Keep going if you can. If you’re brave, leave your list in the comment sections so we can celebrate your uniqueness!
Live boldly and embrace yourself! Be Brave, Have Courage
Outgoing, responsible, joyous, positive, expressive, humorous, helping, athletic, coachable, and sensitive.
Awesome Paul! You have many more positive attributes as well.
Talented artist, excellent self learning guitar player, excellent cook and baker, fun and organized mom, good wife, brave, friendly, animal lover, happy person, professional cleaner… Hard worker, and loving given spirit…
You have a killer smile!
Whoop Whoop!!! You are one incredible lady!
Such a great post!!! Here’s a list for YOU Mary:
… and MUCH more.
Awe… You’re nice! Here’s my list for you:
Maker of killer ravioli
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Considerate, fun loving, joyful, hard working, friendly, compassionate, helpful, encouraging, tenacious, loyal, bold..a momma bear to my children, grandchildren, friends and anyone I love.
What a great application! Makes you realize how unique God has made each one of us.
You are amazing Mary!!! Love your blog.
You’re totally hillarious too!
I like my smile and my enthusiasm. I like being left handed. I like the colour of my hair.I like being a mum of a big family. I have hidden talent that I was a little scared to find.I am a creative. I am not like anybody else.
You’re also an amazing LH Kids worker! You also are an encourager.
My hair, my smile, my laugh, I’m happy to help, I love my jobs! I am focused, I am determined, I can see the positive in most situations, I make dinner for my family almost everyday, I have compassion.
You’re also very kind, sweet and genuine!
Wow! Great post. 🙂 I would say…..
my sense of humour
my sense of style
my biceps 😉
my heart for God
my singing voice
I would also like to add you’re the coolest school principal in the world and you’re a great encourager.
Willingness to learn