THE DANGER IN COMPARISON

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. (GALATIANS 1:10)

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. (GALATIANS 1:10)

The other day, I almost fell deep into my feelings. As usual, I was scrolling through various social media sites, trying to catch up with my favorite bloggers. I came across a particular page, and I found myself absolutely absorbed in the life of a complete stranger. It seemed like she had it all; beauty, fabulous clothes, an attractive, loving husband, an awesome career as a blogger, AND gorgeous children to top it all off. Crazily enough, I became a little bit jealous. I found myself comparing my life to someone I'd never met before. 

It's happened to many of us, especially as women. We see the girl that's "prettier", more in shape, better off financially, or with the picture perfect relationship. We start questioning our own situations and feeling like somehow, we aren't good enough because we don't have what someone else does. 

Funny enough, I made all of these conclusions about my life and how I needed to "do better" before I even read this woman's blog. I simply saw beautiful pictures and assumed that my life just wasn't up to par. Once I took the time to read, I saw her story and realized how she had suffered through domestic violence, had abortions and miscarriages, and was homeless prior to discovering a relationship with Christ and letting HIM create this amazing life for her. 

I say all this to say that comparison is a dangerous place to allow yourself to be in. There's absolutely nothing wrong with striving for more, but I can't stress enough the importance of seeing the beauty in the season you are in RIGHT NOW.

The woman with the "perfect" husband is being abused. 

The woman with the ideal career has no time for her family.

The woman who is a blossoming socialite is lonely and wishing for a family of her own. 

For all you know, the very person whose life you're wishing for is praying for the things you currently have. 

Ask yourself, who is it that you want to be like? If the answer isn't Christ, change your focus. When you allow God to lead you he'll truly give you the desires of your heart. Step back, and don't fall into the trap of comparison. Be grateful for where you are right now, and work for the things you want later. Love the life God has created just for YOU!