It’s really hard not to compare these days. With social media slamming everyone else success’s in our faces, we can easily fall into the trap of comparison without even realizing it. We go from cheering someone on, to slowly starting a downward spin cycle of feelings that tell us we’re “not good enough” or success will never happen for our own personsal goals. So how do we celebrate with someone, or even scroll through social media, without letting those feelings start to consume us. I think what makes it tricky, is that some days we can have a good grip on it, but on others, we can fall prey to its trap. It’s not like we don’t want to be happy for other people, or share in the joy of their success, but in a culture where we share every detail from what we ate to how we dressed that day, how do we keep those feelings of comparison from rising up? I would be lying to you if I said I had this completely figured out. I don’t. I struggle with these very feelings, where normally I would be your biggest cheerleader and sharing in every bit of your excitement, I have times where I can’t help but look at myself and think of everything that I’m NOT doing.
So when does someone else’s accomplishments begin to feel like a punch in the stomach. Like all your dreams are being lived out by someone else. When does inspiration turn into jealousy? These are tough questions I get it. I totally get it.
These are feelings and emotions and questions I deal with myself. From peers to women I admire. It’s not a constant, but every once in awhile seeing someone else’s success pierce’s like a knife, and again I have to turn my eye’s back to the One who put those dreams their in the first place. I can choose to dwell and let bitterness start to brew, or run to the One with open arms, surrender my feelings and ask Him to renew my heart, renew my mind, and trust in Him.
I knew you before I formed you in your mothers womb. Before you were born I set you apart, I chose you, I appointed you. Jeremiah 1:5
I consider it an extreme honor to know that God placed certain talents and gifts in my dna. He created me for my very own purpose, with my very own calling, my story. And whether that means I influence 100 or 1 million, my hearts goal is to please Him. To bring glory and honor to His name.
And we know with great confidence that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love him, and have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
When I choose to fix my eyes on Him, my doubt turns into trust, and my hurt turns into being content. Being content that He does have a plan for my life. That I’m not spinning my wheels aimlessly, but that I’m following His lead, trusting in His timing, and staying in His will for my life.
I think one of the biggest things we need to remember, and when I see “we” I mean “me”, because I think I may not be the only one who struggles with this. “Creativity is NOT a completion” ~Autumn Sky Hall. We all have our own calling, our own special gifts. Although we have similarities and some may be very close, I guarantee you no two callings are exactly alike. Since when did celebrating her success translate that we are failing. Every time I start to feel those thoughts start creeping in, I remind myself of the One who created me, and that He gave me my own calling. My success’ may not look like those to the left or right of me, and that is completely ok. Because I wouldn’t be fully me, if they did.
We all know that Comparison is the thief of Joy. So when we start to feel those feeling creep in we have a choice. We can either linger and let those feelings dwell, or we can choose rest assured knowing that the God that holds the universe in His hands, has a plan, and He’s got it all figured out. I know it’s easier said than done, but the moment I take my eyes of others success and focus on Him, my feelings of discouragement disappear. I hope these words of encouragement help you breathe a little easier today friend, and keep things in perspective the next time comparison tries to rear it’s ugly face!
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