I once heard a message that Andy Stanley gave about comparing ourselves to others. The main point of his message that stuck with me was “There is no win in comparison.” Isn’t that the truth? Still, it can be challenging to not re-visit the comparison carousel; especially in this era of social media where the majority of posts we see would appear as though everyone around us is living a Norman Rockwell or Leave it to Beaver life. For the record: they’re not.
If you find yourself struggling in this area, make a copy of the declaration below. Keep it handy and read it over and over until you have freed yourself of this joy zapping craziness. The Creator of Universe made YOU just as you are for a reason; and He doesn’t make mistakes.
I am a person.
I am not a machine, spreadsheet, agenda or résumé.
I have a heartbeat, skin, scars and a soul.
I am a person.
My worth isn’t calculated in efficiencies, results or ladders climbed. I am not the sum of my accomplishments — or the sum of my mistakes. I am not my ambition, energy level, approval rating, mass appeal or worth to the company store. I am not an A-plus or D-minus. I am not a mess or a miscalculation.
I am not a mistake. Rather, I am a miracle. And so are you.
Because I am a person, made of love in the hands of God.
I will be a person today. I will be me. I will resist the urge to believe I’ve got to fight for my piece; God says there’s more than enough to go around.
I will see the best in others and recognize the best in myself.
I will reach for virtue more than trophies, dignity more than stardom. I will choose encouragement over envy. I will rejoice with those who rejoice.
I will stand tall on the inside, even if I’m feeling weak on the outside.
I am a person, a citizen of the Kingdom, where there is unending grace for me. Because I am a person, and I belong to Jesus.
as written by Jennifer Dukes Lee.
“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else” Galatians 6:4