Mama, Stop looking to your right and left.
Here's the deal—Comparison is a thief and it will steal your JOY if you’re not careful.
Comparison can often trap Joy by creating feelings of inadequacy, dissatisfaction, and self-doubt. When you constantly compare yourself to others, whether it's others' achievements, appearance, possessions, or lifestyles, you may begin to feel like you fall short or aren't good enough.
The constant focus on what others have or what they have accomplished can diminish your sense of self-worth and undermine your ability to appreciate your own unique qualities and accomplishments. Not sure about you, but I am definitely guilty which is why Jesus constantly reminds me, "Keep your eyes on me". Forgive me, Lord, for forgetting this more times than I would like to admit.
According to Biblereasons.com, one of the fastest ways of discouraging yourself and getting trapped by the sin of envy is when you compare yourself to others. The article states, God has a specific plan for you and you won’t accomplish that plan by looking at others. Count your blessings and not the blessings of someone else. “Don’t compare yourself to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.” Can I get an Amen?!!!
Below are 6 reminders to help you stop Comparing Yourself to Others:
Identify the Areas that Cause You to Compare. ...
Recognize Comparison as Sin. ...
Speak God's Truth Into Your Life. ...
Change Your Focus and Your Aim. ...
Remove Temptation, When Possible. ...
Live the Life God Has Given YOU.
Memorize this scripture
“Each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishments without comparing yourself to others. Assume your own responsibility.”
In order to avoid the comparison trap and cultivate JOY, it is important to shift the focus inward and embrace self-acceptance and self-compassion AKA LOVE the skin you're in.
Recognizing and valuing your own strengths, accomplishments, and journey can help break you free from the negative effects of comparison. Practicing gratitude and celebrating small victories can also contribute to a more positive mindset and a greater sense of fulfillment. Ultimately, finding joy lies in embracing your own uniqueness and finding contentment in the present moment, rather than constantly comparing yourself to others. Yes and Amen!
Below are 7 simple ways to create more JOY:
1. put the phone down
2. write down things you’re grateful for
3. read a book
4. learn something new
5. talk to a friend
6. move your body
7. go for a walk
Memorize this scripture
3 John 1:4
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
Celebrate your WINS and give yourself Grace to Grow (making mistakes is how you learn) while keeping your eyes 👀 on Jesus. Proper alignment will keep you from wandering off track.
PRO TIPS: Pray without ceasing, Fast often, and Give generously. Easy to do? Nope. Worth it? Without a doubt. Don’t know how? ASK Holy Spirit. Listen. Obey.
Let me know which reminders or JOY suggestions you're focusing on from above that are helping you put one foot in front of the other. If you have additional suggestions please share as this post is just touching the surface! I'm focused on #1 and #4 reminders AND #2 and #4 for ways for both with an attitude of gratitude this season.
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