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QUOTE :: Comparison is the thief of joy.
VERSE :: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. // Romans 8:18
WORDS :: How absolutely amazing is that verse from Romans? I think it’s so neat when a verse that’s almost 2,000 years old STILL applies to our daily lives now. What is something you are placing in a comparative situation? For me, something that I’ve struggled with is being in a relationship. I remember being in middle school and anticipating the day where I would be in a cute little relationship, or driving a car, and then going off to college. Next thing I knew I was in high school, watching my friends go on their first dates, have their first kisses, and eventually their first break-ups, and, for some, I watched them start over with another fellow. And the whole time I was just watching, and listening, and smiling, and occasionally giving advice. I began to look at my friends and think, “Well, we’re similar in this way or that way, so why can’t a guy like she’s dating like me?” Once I realized what I was doing -comparing myself to my friends- I did the best that I could to stop it.
Comparison is a natural habit we selfish humans can easily fall into. It’s so simple to scroll through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or even Snap Chat and see the pictures of what your friends are doing and get envious. Unfortunately, thanks to sin, there really isn’t an escape from comparison. BUT we, as children of an all mighty, all powerful God, have the power within us to fight against it.
VERSE :: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” // 2 Chronicles 32:2
For me, within the midst of wanting to have a relationship like my friends were, I set my present sufferings aside and think about the pure joy that will come through marriage. I’m more interested in waiting a little bit longer for the man that I will treasure and get to spend forever with, than experiencing continual heartbreak with guy, after guy, after guy, before I can actually reach the man of my dreams. I refuse to get caught up the pin-wheel of the NOW, but instead set my gaze of my future.
VERSE :: Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless. With God we will gain victory, and He will trample down our enemies. // Psalm 108:12-13
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. // John 10:10
WORDS :: The enemy wants to drag you down. He wants to steal your joy, and he wants you to beat yourself up. He wants you to look at your weight, or the things you don’t have, or the ways you’re failing because you’re not good enough. DO NOT give him that power. You are strong. Fight for the things you love. God has already come so that you may have life – life to the fullest. Don’t get stuck in the pin-wheel of the now, of what you aren’t, or of what you can’t do. Instead, lift your head. Imagine the great things you’re going to do, and how you’re going to take your story and impact others.
VERSE :: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. // Philippians 4:8-9
CHALLENGE :: Take 2 Chronicles 32:2 and fill in the blanks with your current struggle.
Ex. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because you don’t have a boyfriend, for there is a greater power with us than with(in) not being in a relationship. With not being in a relationship is only insecurities that you’re not good enough, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.
Don’t let comparison be the thief of your joy! Claim it, own it, fight for it. Be brave.