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Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy”.

Now let’s be honest, if you use social media, it’s thrilling to see something that you posted gets a lot of likes. Receiving all that instant approval from others can be very invigorating. But when we base our self-worth on the opinions of others it can quickly become a very slippery slope. Chasing approval, or comparing ourselves to others can cloud our judgment. This can quickly set up a pattern of showing only the best or even a perceived version of what we want others to see. Are we pretty enough, skinny enough, have a nice house, enough money in the bank?   Comparison is the thief of joy. Comparing the parts about us that no one sees (the good, the bad, and the ugly) to the best parts of everyone else, the part they only let us see, will only steal your joy and make you feel less than, it also discourages us from loving and serving others.

God is good always, and we have each been blessed with our own gifts and talents. We are all different and we need to embrace our blessings. Make a conscious decision to appreciate life and seek joy every day. Stop comparing your life with others. Life is too short and our blessings are too many to waste our lives wishing for something else.

For example, I recently joined a new gym. I’ve had to make sure I didn’t compare my one month journey to others who having been training for a marathon for months. I need to celebrate my own journey; I am in competition with no-one. I have no desire to play the game of being better than another. I just need to be better than the person I was yesterday. Strive every day to be your best. No looking sideways anymore, unless it’s to encourage another because joy grows when you share it.

Galatians 6:4-5 Each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishments without comparing yourself to others (….)

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…Treat Others As You Would Have Them Treat You … Matthew 7:12