Avoiding comparisons and simplifying our lives. Sounds like a good combination! Often we add possessions or obligations to our lives when we get caught up in keeping up with others we compare ourselves to–yet those decisions tend to complicate and clutter our lives. We would be better off NOT comparing ourselves to others, and instead, being content with what we have and who we are. Doing so would then simplify and declutter our lives by removing unnecessary possessions as well as eliminating stress.
Here’s your inspiration for this Monday, 3/14 – Happy Pi Day!
“The world consistently gives us the impression
that we need to be something other than what we are.
A confident woman avoids comparisons.
Confidence is not possible as long as we compare ourselves
with other people. No matter how good we look,
how talented or smartwe are, or how successful we are,
there is always someone who is better,
and sooner or later we will run into her.
I believe confidence is found in doing the best we can
with what we have to work with
and not in comparing ourselves
with others and competing with them.
Our joy should NOT be found in being better than others,
but in being the best we can be.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
“There seems to be a great lack of simplicity in society today…
Somehow life gets so complicated, it eventually drain you
of energy and produces frustration and fatigue.
The answer for the modern problem of multiplicity
is a return to simplicity.
In our modern society, we think that more is always better.
But the writer of Ecclesiastes (see Ec. 5:11-12) warns that
the more your goods increase,
the more complicated your life becomes.
Instead of making everything so difficult,
why don’t you decide to simplify your life
and enjoy the rest and satisfaction
that comes through following God’s plan?”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
I read both of these devotionals today and instantly thought about this connection that can exist between comparing ourselves to others, and how it can in turn complicate our lives. It would certainly be easier and simpler to break that habit of comparison, and be content with who we are and what we have.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you ever fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others?
Do you believe decluttering and simplifying your life can make it more peaceful and satisfying?