I’m so used to comparing myself to everyone else. Over the past few months, I’ve tried to make it a point to quit doing that; it isn’t productive and only ends up making me feel bad in the end. But then, I resort back to my competitive nature that has always been in me. I certainly think that, in part, that competitiveness is what made me a good athlete at another time in my life, but in this case, it doesn’t help. At all. And I know this when I really think about it, but something inside of my head just wants to compare, wants to add up, wants to stack up to what everyone else is doing. But you know what? Successes, rough patches, and the everyday are all alike in the sense that they are all in God’s timing for each of us.
That’s the thing I’ve been trying to make my mantra of sorts: God made me this way, so this way is enough. Even on my bad days, I have faith that God is furthering His plan for me. He made me a certain way, this way, so that I could make a difference in His earthly kingdom. If this way is enough for God, then it’s definitely enough for me! I have a purpose, and that purpose doesn’t come with trying to stack up to what someone else is doing or where they’re going. That’s their purpose and their path, and while those purposes and paths are phenomenal for them, God’s got something else in mind for me, for all of us!
So, why compare ourselves? I always tell myself that it’s a good thing God is in charge, because if I were, then my life would be a mess! This means that in this case, I must find peace in His being in charge, knowing that whatever it is He has planned, while it might not be as glamorous as the plan or someone else, it’s perfect for me and me alone. What He has for you is perfect for you and you alone. And that’s the thing: God knows what He’s doing! He always does, so as long as we stay connected with Him and work to deepen our faith every day, then that path with become clearer to us, and we will see that all people’s purposes are both needed and fulfilling, no comparison necessary!
I found this image on Pinterest that really spoke to me on this topic of comparison, and I’d like to share it with you! I hope it resonates with you as much as it did for me 🙂 [credit: midoribikinis.com]