Comparison Impacts My Joy

Posted by Steph Whitley on 01/04/2019

I think we all know that it is not a good idea to compare but here's the deal....comparison can creep into my heart and life subtly.

For example, a girl on Instagram has the same exact floor plan as mine and she decorates it beautifully. She remodels it, she decks it out for the holidays and on and on. I'm happy for her and she is gifted. And I know that she probably has a lot of sponsors that send her the cutest things.

But..... I have to keep my heart in check. At first, I would look at her page and get a few ideas, but then my heart started wanting more and my heart started becoming dissatisfied with my home. My heart shifted from being content to discontent. Sigh. Not good. So what did I do? Honestly, I quit looking at her page as often because I wanted to protect my heart.

This comparison thing is real whether it is our body image, our marriage, our children, our home, or etc. And now with social media, we can catch a glimpse of people's lives that we would have never been exposed to before. Christian author, Timothy Keller, defines envy as "wanting someone else's life". This is a good question for me to keep in mind as I scroll through my feed. Is my heart starting to want more?

God, help us to be alert and watchful for the subtle ways that comparison creeps into our lives. And then help us to take measures to protect our hearts. Amen. Hugs, Steph. #calledtobeakeeper

 

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