In a society where comparing has become a national pastime, we can easily fall prey to this unhealthy habit from time to time. For example, ever notice the domino effect that takes place when you or a neighbor decides to mow their grass? Suddenly, everyone is summoned by the beckoning of their lawn to pay them the same attention- it quickly cues a symphony of revved up engines. I mean heaven forbid someone’s lawn looks newly manicured- all the more showcasing the fact that yours could stand to be cut. Comparison can be found almost anywhere and has virtually no limitations! It’s easy to compare income, family, physical physique, lifestyles, talents, abilities, education, career…the list goes on and on!
Comparing is embedded in our culture and heavily influenced by our media- and I’m not even just referring to commercials, TV shows, and magazine ads. The most tempting outlet for comparison is likely found at your fingertips. Just take a scroll at the posts of your facebook friends- their beautiful new house, the amazing vacation they just went on or the professional picturesque family photoshoot that graces their profile . Perhaps you see women who homeschool their five children, always maintain a spotless home, bake homemade organic chocolate chip cookies in their “spare time” and are somehow still a size 2. And your left thinking “I washed my hair today…”
So as a result, we are often left feeling discontent and discouraged, hungry for what we believe has the ability to make us happier or feeling more fulfilled. The enemy already knows he’s lost the battle, but that doesn’t stop him from throwing a few jabs of inferiority. We can quickly feel inferior when we compare our lives to others. In truth, nothing this world can offer can fill the void of pure joy- a joy that can only be found in a Savior, not in things or even circumstance. I want to encourage you, friends, that life is not about competition- who has this or that. Stop looking around you for what you don’t have and be grateful for the abundant blessings you do have. Try remembering these verses when you are tempted to compare:
- Desire for more: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” -Hebrews 13:5
- When you can’t see past your circumstances: Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. -Hebrews 12:28
- Feelings of Inferiority: But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. -Jeremiah 17:7
In reality, who really knows what battles “supermom” faces, insecurities your CEO next-door-neighbor has or even the harsh truth behind those picturesque family photos you’re seeing on facebook. Don’t allow comparision to blind your eyes to beholding the countless blessings God has given you!
The Humble Homemaker