Comparison: The Thief Of Your Joy
You’ll look in the mirror and compare yourself to Instagram models and the superficial world outside what I like to call “reality”. You’ll look in the mirror and wish you had what they had. You'll measure yourself against false standards and wonder why you don't measure up. But I wish you stopped hating the person in the mirror who's drowning in the lies spoken by the enemy. I wish you knew that comparison is the thief of your joy.
From the beginning in Genesis, the enemy was sooo jealous about how God made you “good” and in His image. God never compared His creation - though different, they were all pure goodness and all of great value. The enemy knows he can’t compete with a child of God. So instead, the enemy tries to plant insecurities into your mind, by stripping away at the truth, goodness and beauty you possess, since that is of God and points to God.
Every day, the enemy succeeds by resurfacing insecurities that you never even knew you had. We trade our self-worth for the creative lies of the enemy. But what we fail to realise is that just because we don’t look like the models worshipped on social media, doesn’t make us any less beautiful. True validation comes from God and certainly isn't defined by a number on a scale of 1-10.
Others will try to copy someone because they haven't figured out who they truly are themselves. God never created you to be a copy, draft or a version of someone else. God created you as unique. Your worth comes from being a son/daughter of God. All you have to do is look to the Cross for your worth lies with Christ who laid down His life for you.
The Bible is our mark scheme and manual for life, which makes Jesus our perfect exemplar. He is the perfect example of how we should live our lives. If you want to compare yourself to someone, let me introduce you to Jesus. God has already given us a perfect model to aspire to be like.
We live in a culture where many of us swipe left and right on people, hardly taking into account the inner beauty and goodness of the person. We compare people based on a shallow criteria, but God's criteria states otherwise. “Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:4
Inner beauty is a reflection of the beauty of our God. It often penetrates so deep, that it brings out physical beauty too. When looks fade, it’s that richness of spirit that will light a spark in you. There's just something so attractive about someone who is on fire for the Lord. It often ignites a flame and desire within the hearts of others. It's that passion for the Lord that is infectious.
Another attractive trait in a person is confidence. Confidence is like a seed, at times it can be so small but when you nurture that seed with the Word of God, you allow His truth to shine a light in your life. When you choose to have faith in Christ, you water the seed and nourish the plant of confidence, enabling it to flourish and further grow.
The key is: when you have confidence in who your God is, you’ll start to have confidence in who you are. There's beauty in radiating confidence, knowing that the Lord will see you through your struggles. The more you keep putting off God's plan for you because you don't feel confident enough, the more you delay the ways in which He can work through you.
God has already given us His armour of protection for the daily struggles. As Ephesians 6 highlights, we can exchange our doubts and insecurities for the belt of truth and the shield of faith, knowing that our “Confidence in the Lord will richly be rewarded.” Hebrews 10:35
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