THE GRATEFUL HEART (DAY 12)
The Grateful Heart is a two-week long devotional series dedicated to guiding women towards finding a grateful heart during difficult seasons of life and equipping them with the tools they need to take back their joy.
Freedom from Comparison
Comparison is the thief of joy. – Theodore Roosevelt
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)
Yesterday we prayed and talked about God showing us the aspects of our life that we need Him to change in order to unrush us. We prayed that He would remind us of our priority in Him and that He would lead us to His peace in a busy culture. Today, going hand in hand with that, it is important that we talk about the subject of comparison.
Compare: to estimate, measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between.
Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. (2 Corinthians 10:12)
Today is the day that comparison need stop in our lives. Today is the day that we need to decide to no longer look to the left or look to the right. We need to look to Him, the only One that we need to seek approval from. He is our freedom from comparison.
Our everyday lives can be so bombarded with an invitation to take part in comparison. Pinterest will remind you that your dinner table is sub-par, Facebook will remind you that your friends and family are having more fun without you, and even the clothes and technology advertised everywhere you look will remind you that you don’t make enough money.
The enemy is out to steal, kill, and destroy, sweet friend.
He has already lost the battle. He has already been eternally bound to hell and he already knows it. Sometimes the most convoluted way that he can find to try to bring us with him is to make us feel busy, overwhelmed, and unfulfilled. To make us feel less than.
But today I want to remind you who you are:
- You were created for a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11).
- You were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
- You are a child of the Most High God (2 Corinthians 6:18).
- He has promised to use all things for our good (Romans 8:28).
- You were created anew once you came to know Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) meaning that you were set apart (1 Peter 2:9) and that you are not held to the standards and expectations of a fallen world (Romans 12:2).
Today, let’s stand together and decide that we are going to take every comparative thought captive. Strong people build others up, not tear them down. Strong people are not afraid to exhort and exalt their brother and sisters around them because they know that every opportunity and open door is given by God. They are not afraid of the future but look with joy at the days to come because they are secure in Him (Proverbs 31:25-30).
Remind us who we are in you, Jesus, and that you are a perfect Creator who created us in your image. Give us open hearts and open doors today to speak life where comparison once wanted to take up residency.