Comparison is the Thief of Joy

I do not think I have ever written a post earlier than 10 PM. It is midnight, and God is speaking wonders to me. So regardless of the hour, I am thankful.

So, I took a break from studying, and saw a post on Pinterest. “Comparison will consistently cloud the clarity of God’s call on your life.”

My mother can vouch for me, God showed me this quote at the perfect time. I drive myself crazy over comparing myself to the silliest things. All I have felt recently is a cloud over my life. A cloud that will not go away because I am too concerned about what “so and so did” or how “so and so” did. I was praying for these feelings to go away, and they were not. I felt distant. And, now I know why. I was searching for my identity in everything except Christ. We all do it.

I am not writing this post to bring pity upon myself. I am writing this because I know that everyone can relate to this. It is our flesh. Hopefully, this will bring some encouragement to your life. Comparing and worrying are two of the most time-consuming and exhausting things in the world. We are called, by our Heavenly Father, to not do either of these things. When we compare ourselves to others, all we are doing is looking for our identity in something that truly has no value. I will be the first one to tell you that when you begin to look for your identity in anything other than Christ, then you will feel emptier than you can imagine. The only thing comparing yourself will make you feel is unworthy, which is something that we are ALL not. God sent his one and only son to die for us so that we could have life. So that we could feel loved. So that we could feel worthy of something other than death. God IS love, and God loves us regardless of what grade we made, regardless of what we look like, and regardless of what we wear.

So, if you are feeling empty, lost, or distant, refocus your eyes on the Lord.

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.cropped-g0140866.jpg

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