Comparison is the thief of joy. ~C.S. Lewis
Did you know that apparently facebook’s usage worldwide is declining? I’ve heard that it is. Among my facebooking friends, many have said they’ve scaled back or quit using it altogether- because it left them with feelings of inadequacy, jealousy or depression.
Blogs can do that too. I disabled my facebook wall and set it to email me if I get a message, feeling very proud of myself for walking away. So I started blogging and entered into a new world that captivated me, inspired me, and often- left me feeling completely inadequate. You get a peek into someone else’s life, and often they look more glamorous, funny, exciting, healthy, creative, stable, organized, spiritual…. not to mention their blogs look incredible, their pictures perfect, and they are sponsored! Wow.
I don’t mean for this to be a blog-bashing post. What I really mean to share is that there will always be somewhere else to look for purpose, meaning and fulfillment.
There will always be that friend who has more. That house that’s bigger and nicer. The ability to run faster and further (or run at all!). The kids who are better dressed and more well behaved. The blogger whose writing is more clever and witty. There will always be someone who is the better cook, the better gardener, the better wife or friend.
When we look to the lives of others and compare ourselves, we lose the joy.
LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance. ~Psalm 16:5-6
Don’t let comparison steal your joy. Look to others to be inspired, but not to define who you are. Find freedom in the portion that God has assigned to you.