I’m so excited to be starting a new blog series called, “What’s Keeping You Stuck?”
Today’s post is the first in a ten part series where we will be looking at:
- Comparison vs. Contentment
- Greed vs Gratitude
- Fear vs Faith
- Obstacle vs Opportunity
- Scarcity vs Abundance
- Perfection vs Peace
- People Pleasing vs God Pleasing
- Control vs Trust
- Busyness vs Purposefulness
- Comfortable vs Thriving
My hope is that through these 10 blogs, you will be able to identify the things that are keeping you stuck, keeping you from living the life you were created for, and over come them!
Comparison vs. Contentment
When I get caught in the comparison trap, one of two things happen. Either I feel better about myself or I feel worse about myself. Both of these are a form of pride. Can you see that? In both situations, the focus is on self.
I don’t know about you, but, for me, most of the time I end up feeling worse about myself. I get caught in a personal pity party and I feel discouraged and defeated. It also leads me to doubt and to feeling depressed and unmotivated. With such a list of negative consequences, you’d think I would stop doing it!
I never used to recognize those self-defeating thoughts as a form of pride; a sin. Now I do, and I want to root out that sin in my life. Do you struggle with this?
Here are some things that the Bible has to say about Pride:
Proverbs 8:13 says, “I hate pride and arrogance.”
Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace.”
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction.”
That doesn’t sound very good does it?
We have a choice when it comes to pride. We can recognize it in ourselves, choose to humble ourselves before God, ask forgiveness, and repent or we can ignore it and be exposed and humbled by God.
Pride, in the form of the comparison trap is an ugly thing, and I really don’t want to spend time in it anymore. I simply want to be content with who God created me to be and to fully live out the purpose he created me for. How about you? Let’s look at how we can do this.
Matthew 5:5 in The Message says, “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”
Don’t you love that?
I think this verse is saying that God has created us just the way he wants us. When we embrace who he created us to be and live out our lives to our full potential, we will discover the joy that comes with living the life we were created for. And, you know what that means? It means we will be authentic and that we can be confident because we know who we are and what we are meant to do. By being who God created us to be and living out the life he has planned for us, one that no one else can fill, we can be confident because we are right where we are supposed to be.
Contentment definitely sounds better then comparison doesn’t it?
Can you see how comparison keeps us stuck? It keeps us focused in the wrong spot. It keeps us focused on ourselves and off of God and the purpose He created for us. It keeps us from trusting that God knows what is best for us, that He has a plan for us, that He is in control and that His timing is perfect.
Will you join me in saying “No” to comparison? Will you work with me at recognizing it when it pops up and calling it out? Will you pray with me that God will help us overcome this sin so that we can be free to be who He created us to be?
I’m excited to hear about your journey to contentment! Post a comment below and share with us how God is working in your life!