Comparison is the Thief of Joy

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Supposedly, Theodore Roosevelt said this. At least, that’s what the internet said when I looked it up, anyway. But really , it’s so true.

Personally, I struggle with this. Maybe everyone doesn’t struggle with it, but I think a lot of people do. It’s so easy to go onto social media and see what everyone else is doing. Or how much weight they lost. Or what vacation they took. Or how much better behaved their kids are than yours. Just [insert anything] and you can alway find a reason to compare it.

The thing is though, God made you the way you are on purpose. He gave you a purpose and you are unique. If you stop looking at what everyone else is doing and being, then it’s easier to focus what God planned for you. That, and it really does steal your joy. At least, it steals mine, anyway.

So what’s the solution? Stay off of social media? Just avoid everyone (that seems tempting for the introverts)?

Nah, it’s just a choice to be thankful. And to think about GOOD thing, not things that bring you down. I think it isn’t easy, but it is simple. And remember that everything is relative. There will always be a reason to compare and there will always be someone with “more” and someone with “less”, but who cares?

I will leave you with my very favorite bible verse to encourage you and lift you up. 🙂

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. -Philippians 4:8

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