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THE COMPARING GAME

Friday, March 18, 2016

I never know what I am going to say, until it is time to say it. I would like to thank each of everyone for reading my Overcoming Obstacles blog. I was a love letter of sorts to myself, and the sort of conversation I have with myself to get my inner fire glowing.

Thanks to you all, with the great advise and conversation, I know I am on the right path for me.

I don't have much to add for today. My biggest concern is for my granddaughter who is arriving tonight and being admitted into the hospital on Monday for neurologic tests and treatment of her seizures. Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes.

As I was studying this afternoon, and trying to get hold of my emotions before Ashley get here; I saw my daily bible study from Girlfriends in God. I wanted to share this with my fellow Sparkers, because it spoke to my heart, Without further adieu:


The Comparing Game

Mar 18, 2016 | Gwen Smith


Today's Truth

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Proverbs 31:30
Friend to Friend
We live in a competitive world. The pressures to be thin, beautiful, fit, smart, sexy, funny, rich, and popular trap us in a relentless vise-grip. Anyone can become gripped by a disorder or an addictive lifestyle. You could be a college student, a businesswoman, a nurse, a mom, a dance instructor, a retail clerk, or a Sunday school teacher. No one is exempt. Feelings of inadequacy and inferiority ravage hearts of Christians and non-Christians alike.

Our attempts to measure up are all-consuming traps. They focus our attention inward verses upward. When we get caught in the trap of striving to measure up, we focus on ourselves. That was never God’s plan. We were designed to focus on Him. Shifting our attention from ourselves to God will change our perspective. God longs for our obsession to be Him.

“I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols” (Isaiah 42:8).

The Dangers of Comparing

A common way we attempt to measure up is through comparison. Comparing is one of the most dangerous and destructive behaviors that we women engage in. We compare everything—our husbands, our children, our churches, and our cars. We compare our homes, our schedules, our finances, our blessings, and our burdens. There is a subtle, internal dialogue that plagues our minds and causes us to pull out our measuring sticks and hold them up to the people around us.

That’s not to say that we should isolate ourselves or withdraw from awareness of others. We need to be able to relate to our friends, families, and neighbors. No question. But we shouldn’t compare ourselves to them.

Comparing your life, your family, your stuff, your failures, and your accomplishments to that of someone else is dangerous. Very dangerous. It draws the focus of your heart to you instead of to God. The comparing game also brews a bitter cup of jealousy and resentment. I should know. I’ve tasted more than my fair share of that bitter drink.

No, we in the church are not immune to comparisons by a long stretch! How many times have you looked across the aisle and thought, “She’s such a godly woman I wish I was more like her,” or “I wish I could pray like her (or sing like her, or speak like her, or bake like her, or be popular like her, or be organized like her)”?

Often the things we compare are completely meaningless, fluffy things…

Do you have a girlfriend with perfect hair? How about a girlfriend with a husband who treats her as a precious jewel? Got a friend whose house is crazy-organized? Do you have a friend who works out faithfully and looks like she belongs on the cover of a fitness magazine? Got one of those?

Sure you do. So do I.

Honestly, my list of shortcomings could go on forever. I’m keenly aware that I fall short in many areas. It’s easy to listen to the voices in your head that say, “You’re not this, and you’re not that. You don’t do this well, and you can’t do that.” Your internal comparison dialogue is a vicious measuring stick that the enemy loves to wave in your face. Your defense in such an attack should be God’s truth. You were made to be you, and are called to be uniquely you, for Him.

Yes, we should strive to live lives of excellence. And yes, we should be aware of personal areas that need improvement. But God intends that we should bloom where we are planted and thrive in our gifting’s so that His church can function in a healthy, balanced way.

In the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul shows us clearly that each of us has a divine design and an important role to play in the Body of Christ.

For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body (1 Corinthians 12:14-20, NASB).

God has a special plan for your life. God’s gifts for you are the best gifts for you to possess. He fashioned you in His image and tenderly knit you in your mother’s womb. You are purposed to be a God-loving YOU.

It’s time we quit chasing the interests of others and start pursuing the passions that were written on our hearts. Our role in the Body of Christ is essential. God wants us to stop trying to measure up to everybody around us and be content in Him.

Let’s Pray
Dear God, please renew and transform me from the inside out! When feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and self-doubt creep into my heart, help me to see myself the way you do. I want to be held tightly by your truth.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now it’s Your Turn

Read Ephesians 2:1-10. What observations can you make about the depth of God’s love for you and the unique design He has for your life?

Good night and Blessing to you all!
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  • BARBIEE52
    emoticon I know what your granddaughter is going thru...I have had seizure for 46 years, and I still have them..My thoughts & prayers go to her!
    1847 days ago
  • INFLATED
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    1848 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/20/2016 11:55:05 PM
  • INFLATED
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    1848 days ago
  • BONNIEMCC488
    Hope all goes well with your granddaughter! I know having a loved one going through something like that, tests or other procedures, it is really tough!
    1849 days ago
  • TSHAIGOOD
    I think what struck me the most in your blog was you in "study to prepare". That really hit me! I can know a stressful situation is coming, but I just dread it instead of preparing for it! Thank you for my light bulb moment today!

    I'm praying for you and your granddaughter. God has a plan and is all knowing. My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11
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    trish
    1849 days ago
  • LINOVER
    A very well-written blog! Hope everything goes well for your granddaughter!
    1849 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12068097
    Once again YOU ARE JUST THE BEST. this was written just for me. Thank you.
    1849 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    I'm "following the breadcrumbs" from one of your posts to your blogs.
    Our church has a "Health and Holiness" Ministry. Our T-shirts say "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"
    Yes, not comparisons with others but working toward improvement wherever we are in our lives.
    1849 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    I am glad you feel you've got "your inner fire glowing"!
    I will say a Prayer for your granddaughter and hope she gets help with her seizures! I understand having gone through that with my DH! It's very frustrating trying to get answers and know what is really going on!
    I think when it comes to comparing ourselves to others, it's all about love! Embracing ourselves with love and seeing others in a loving way, as well! We all have certain abilities and assets! What we often look at and admire, or are even jealous of, in others is not necessarily the way they may even see themselves! Things are not always the way they seem, so keep the focus on yourself and offer your love to the world around you...that's the best way to represent your spirituality!
    Hugs,
    Mary
    1849 days ago
  • no profile photo CD16304829
    Thank you for sharing this! emoticon
    1849 days ago
  • CHALLENGER15
    Yes! emoticon
    1849 days ago
  • LIVINGLOVINLIFE
    Great article and I really needed it. I have been the comparing thing alot lately and neglecting what I do best helping others. Thanks again for the reminder.
    1850 days ago
  • MOMWANTSNOWAIST
    Excellent blog ,Sunny! I have found that when ever I do that ,GOD likes to let me EXPERIENCE that and then ,I learn my lesson...again! emoticon
    1850 days ago
  • SRWYLIE
    Comparing ourselves to others will always lead to sadness, but embracing our differences and celebrating our uniqueness brings joy! There is no need to think about our shortcomings - because everything about us is a celebration of the Creator's glory!

    You are so special, Sunny. I celebrate YOU!

    Hugs and Sparks always....
    1850 days ago
  • MAYIE53
    I don't play the comparison game very often but I sure needed a reminder that God loves me just as I am and that the enemy not only exists but is always ready to steal one's happiness. Thank you for posting.
    1850 days ago
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