Comparison is a PUNK.
In the words of Teddy Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
It’s true, how many times do we find ourselves comparing ourselves to those in the world around us? How many times do we find ourselves saying, “I’m not good enough,” or, “If only I had her looks, or his talent.” What if I told you that comparison is whispering lies into your ear? What if I told you that you ARE good enough?
I’m “supposed” to be graduating this May. What I mean by that is this, I didn’t go the traditional college route. I took less classes and worked more. While most of the people I graduated with are prepping for graduation, I am prepping for two more years of school.
Comparison has a habit of telling us what we’re “supposed” to be doing, or what we’re “supposed” to look like, but what comparison isn’t telling us is that we all have different journeys. I look at my friends and become disappointed I’m not where they’re at. But, my path is different than theirs. Because I didn’t go the traditional route, I’ve had amazing opportunities to build work experience, create meaningful relationships, and learn valuable life lessons. Just because your journey is a little different, or takes a little longer doesn’t mean it’s less valuable.
Comparison tells me that I don’t belong. I am not the average Harding student. I was not raised in the church, I have never been on a mission, and I definitely was not born with the ability to sing. (actual pic of me singing below)
Anyone else feel like they don’t fit in? Listen to this though, we were made to stand out. Comparison tells us that we should be like everyone else. It’s just another lie comparison tells us to make us feel alone. I can’t compare myself to the “average” Harding student, because we are all different. We all have different stories. Comparison will tell us that we don’t fit in, I say that’s what makes us beautiful.
Recently someone told me that if you look for the bad, you’ll find it. And that is so very true, it’s easy to pick out our flaws and focus on the negative around us. But, instead, what if we focused on the good and the positive things around us and about us?
Matthew 5:14 tells us, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Each and every one of us is unique. We all have our own light, our own talents. Don’t waste your time comparing yourself to others, because you are not them, you are YOU. It’s natural to envy the people with the qualities we wish we had, or compare ourselves to the people around us. Please just remember that you are the light of the world. There is only one of you in the entire world, you provide something that no one else can.
I’ll leave you with this challenge. If you ever find yourself stuck in the trap of comparison, look in the mirror and tell yourself that you ARE enough.
We all have different journeys in life, don’t get caught up comparing yours to your neighbors. You were made to stand out, so focus on the good in your life. We are all unique, so shine your light without comparison because comparison is a PUNK.
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