Compare and Conform?
The typical marketing ploy is to make us as consumers compare ourselves and our possessions to what others have and we do NOT have. The world’s overwhelming expectation is that we conform to whatever societal pressures seem to be the most popular or the most politically correct.
In both cases, the notion that we should compare and conform seems to indicate we are NOT acceptable for who we are, and we need something we don’t have in order to gain acceptance and confidence. Yet God made us to be individuals–not carbon copies of anyone else–to be confident in who we are, with all the specific qualities He gave each of us, to be wholly acceptable as we are because of who we are in Him. In other words, BE REAL and BE OURSELVES!
Here is some inspiration for this Saturday…
“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 smart we 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.
Pray: ‘Lord, I refuse to compare myself with others and compete to be better than them. My only interest is to be the best I can be with the gifts and talents You have given me. Amen.'”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
I admit, I struggle with having or maintaining confidence at times. I don’t usually feel like I’m competing with anyone, but I do tend to compare myself and my achievements with people who work or study in similar areas. I know this is NOT a good habit and is something I should stop doing!
So What Are YOUR Thoughts?
Do you struggle with confidence in some areas of life?
Do you find yourself comparing others and their accomplishments to you and your own accomplishments, or lack thereof?