Comparison Trap

stock-photo-daytime-nature-nobody-outdoors-leaf-plant-close-up-fragility-water-9c35b27c-09a3-4196-a956-12801f86dc9fWe all do it.  We all compare ourselves to someone else at one point or another.  We compare ourselves to others in different ways.  We compare ourselves to others in the areas of our lives that we are discontent with. 

 We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. We all have areas we need to grow and improve in.  We all have downfalls.  So it is unfair to yourself to compare your weaknesses with someone else’s strengths.  It is also unfair to compare your strengths to someone else’s weaknesses. 

In high school I ran track. I ran long distances and cross country.  The only person I really competed with was myself.  I was always trying to beat my time.  I didn’t compare my time to no one else’s time.  I was always trying to do better today than I did yesterday.  I look at my life as my race, my journey.  No two journeys are the same.  So I don’t compare my race to someone else’s race, because everyone’s race is different. 

I know as a mom we can look around and compare our homes, our children, our way of life, and other aspects of motherhood  with other moms.   We need to stop comparing ourselves to others.  We need to learn to examine ourselves and try to grow in areas we need to grow in. 

I love learning.  I love learning from other ladies and moms.  I love learning knew ways to do things.  I love learning how to do new things.  I can learn from ladies who are stronger in areas that I am weak in.  I can grow in those areas as I gleam wisdom from those ladies.   I can learn from them without comparing myself to them. 

Comparing yourself to others really is a trap.  A trap that is hard to get out of.  Oh if we could just see ourselves the way God sees us.  How He made us uniquely different, uniquely beautiful, and uniquely for the path He has set before us.  Oh we do need to work on our weaknesses.  We do need to always be growing and learning.  But we need to stop falling in the trap of comparing ourselves to others.

-Pamela Henry

 

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