Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
Have you ever fallen into the comparison trap while scrolling through your Instagram account. Have you found yourself saying things like, “I wish I looked like that. Her children are so well behaved! Look how clean and beautiful their house is! I wish my husband would do that. If I only had her job…”? I get it, it can be hard not to think this way when it seems like everyone else has it together, and you’re curled up in the corner of your closet, hiding from your kids, you have three day old hair, crusted with spit up, and you haven’t changed out of your yoga pants in who knows how long. I’ve been there. I think we’ve all been there in some way or another.
How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? John 5:44 (NIV)
Friends, we have to remember that the images we are seeing on social media of tidy homes, happy children, pretty outfits and delicious, perfectly plated food are the best moments in other’s lives. Who want’s to share a picture of their baby’s blow out all over the couch, or the bottle of biofreeze that your child thought was a popcicle (both of which have happened in my home). That wouldn’t be pretty, right? So, we must remember that 98% of the time, social media is simply a creative outlet for individuals. And there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as we realize that’s what it is.
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we encouraged others and showed love through our actions AND our words? What if we chose go out of our way to compliment others and celebrate their accomplishments alongside them instead of using jealousy or comparison to tear them down.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 (NLT)
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
Joy is not a feeling, it is a decision. It is in the darkest night when the light shines the brightest.
Let’s be intentional about choosing joy. Let’s focus on contentment and loving others. Let’s not forget that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.
Love + Hugs,