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. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Galatians 6:4-5 NLT
Do you ever find yourself in comparison mode? Instagram and Pinterest have the unique ability to remind us of all our imperfections- from the food we eat, to the way we decorate our house. Even when you make a decision to continue in your career instead of being a stay at home mom, you are reminded of all the other moms who are “mommin’ so hard”…
It is easy to get caught up in the comparison game if our foundation isn’t firmly planted on things that matter the most. It can honestly drive a person crazy trying to live up to expectations that may not be realistic for their own personal current life situation. Galatians paints a great reminder to pay attention to our own actions, because that is what we are responsible for: ourselves. We can’t control what other’s may do or say but we can control ourselves- it’s a choice. Sometimes you may beat yourself up wondering why you aren’t doing something the way someone else does it.. it doesn’t mean you are right and they are wrong or vice versa because we all have a particular calling and destination for our lives that only we are held accountable for. Pray and ask GOD what a “job well done” looks like to Him. We tend to be our biggest critics- from making sure we are the trendiest in fashion, to being a perfectionist at our work place, in the home, or in school. Someone else’s “ideal” may not be yours, and that is totally ok!
Here are some ways to stop comparing and start celebrating the differences:
Find confidence in Him. Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Delight in the One who knows the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Seek Him who can direct paths rather than looking to others and ultimately discover God’s plan for your life as you draw near to Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.