To be nobody but yourself in a world doing its best to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human can ever fight and never stop fighting.
- e. e. cummingsWe waste so much time on comparison, when the reality is that we are each uniquely made by our Creator.
He knew us before He knit us together in our mother’s wombs.While we may have similar traits as our grandmothers, mothers, aunts or daughters, there is NO ONE who is exactly like us and yet we consistently compare who we are and who we are not with who we wish we could be.
If only I were smarter.
If only I had a better job.
If only I lived in a better/bigger house.
The "If onlies" cause us to stumble.
It can be a good thing to strive to eat healthy and exercise but when we’re constantly wishing we looked liked someone else we’re only setting ourselves up for disappointment.
It can be a good thing to want to further our education and push ourselves to achieve our full potential but when we struggle with who we are or who we aren’t because we’re comparing ourselves and our lives to others, that’s when we run into trouble.
That’s because the trouble with comparison is that we only see the surface of other’s lives, we don’t see the secret struggles, the disappointments, the failures, that they’ve so carefully hidden.
We only see what they want us to see and sometimes we only see what we want to see.
This is the very reason why it’s so important to share our stories, our struggles, our secrets because when we do we allow others access to the good, the bad and the ugly and they see that their lives are not so different. We give them hope for their own circumstances and reveal the truth – that instead of comparing our lives to one another we should be striving to share our lives with one another.
It’s ok to be you because that is exactly who God made you to be!
I’m linking up with Holley Gerth at Coffee for Your Heart today