The Ugly Side of Comparison

I saw this cartoon this morning and it totally sums up my life on most days. I just thought I would share it. I don’t know who writes these things, but I’m pretty sure they must be hiding in my closet.

Social media is crazy fun, y’all. I have met some really great people (hey, Wendy and Jen!) Those are two Jesus-loving ladies, my friends. You should probably follow them. Seriously, go ahead. I’ll wait.

Okay. So, it’s fun. I’ve made some of the recipes. I’ve laughed at some of the jokes. I’ve had serious conversations and times of prayer with some ladies I probably would not have met this side of heaven.

Unfortunately, there is an ugly side to it as well. Satan can use this online environment to prey on a weakness that you and I probably share: the tendency to compare.

You see someone post about getting a book deal and you think, “I have been blogging way longer than her.” Someone shows off a picture of that beautiful princess castle cake they made from scratch after seeing it on Pinterest. My Your first thought may be something like, “Um, they must not know that Kroger can make cupcakes and the only thing you have to worry about is getting them home in one piece.” 

Do not let Satan use something as silly as someone’s vacation photos on Facebook steal your joy. Let’s build each other up and not tear one another down. Years ago, I used to go to these beautiful home shows and tours. You know, you walk around looking at someone else’s beautiful home and pretend like you aren’t dying to look in the medicine cabinets. Can I be honest? I would walk around those places and, then, go home and be ungrateful for what I had been given. It was an ugly part of me and I had to deal with it.

Let’s make a deal. Today, we are not going to compare. We will post things that will encourage and uplift. We will rejoice with others and not envy their blessings. We will be real and honest and thankful for what we have been given because it is good.

Here are some encouraging posts to get you started.

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Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ.

Comments

  1. Love your honesty Stacy. I think we all relate to the struggles of comparison. I once heard that real love rejoices in the success of others as if it were our own. I really want to love like that.