Comparison is the thief of joy

Main Truth:Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” ‭‭2 Corinthians 13:5

The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel.

Comparison. It is the thief of joy. It torments you. It causes pain. It makes you feel like you’re a failure. But did you know that you have control over the pain you feel from comparison? I have learned some simple ways to end the comparison cycle that I was once trapped in, and I’m going to share them with you: 1. For starters, silently remove yourself. Unfollow, unfriend, create a distance between you and whatever is causing you to compare. If it’s out of sight and out of mind, you’re able to really focus on your priorities. 2. Then, focus on what God can improve in yourself. Add a Bible Study to your routine, pray more, compliment yourself daily, work out. Whatever it is that will bring more joy into your life, DO IT. 3. Once you’ve removed yourself from whatever you’ve been comparing yourself to for a while, add it back into your life. When you see someone’s highlight reel, choose to be happy for someone rather than compare to them. When we can re-train our minds to be genuinely happy for someone else, it creates a change in us. Understand that they have their own battles they’re facing and that we don’t need to be a part of their battle. If we choose to lift each other up and be joyful with each other, then we can experience miraculous healing from comparison. 4. Be real. Share the good, the bad, and the hard. There’s  nothing more beautiful than a person who is real with others and can dive deep within themselves to share their true story.

Post written by: Kristen Stevenson