Saturday, September 29, 2012

Joy Stealer

I've had the above quote running through my head a lot lately. I don't know about you, but I struggle with comparing myself to other people. Sometimes it's something big, like feeling like a loser because seemingly everyone else my age is married with 2.4 kids. Other times it's something relatively minor, like not being a runner as some of my fellow boot campers.

At any rate, comparing myself to others is a surefire way to have my joy stolen. The problem is that I view myself through my own flawed eyes rather than seeing myself as God sees me. When the voice of comparison echoes in my head I need to drown it out with some reminders about what God thinks of me:

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (I John 3:1a)

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14)

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (II Corinthians 5:17)

Do you struggle with comparison? How do you pull yourself out of that trap?


Karen Koonce said...

Yes, yes, yes. Have seen this same quote and wrestle with that comparison demon myself.

This also made me think of another thief I struggle with: fear. Jason Gray has a neat song out that says, "There's no thief like fear." The lyrics are quite telling. You can see them at

tamara blair said...

Yikes... comparison is an ugly tool satan uses in all of us. I compare myself to others spiritually. Like, if I hadn't made this bad choice or that poor decision, I would be so much better off. If I had made all the right choices like "so and so" then my life would be better. I guess what I am trying to say is that no matter what our circumstances, we are in a constant state of comparison. Until we, as Christians, realize that we are all the same in His eyes, we will struggle with comparing ourselves to one another.