Hey y'all! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! I was stuck inside with a cold...but, it wasn't anything Vitamin C and soup couldn't fix. In any case, I've debated on writing this post for a while, just because I like to keep things light and fun usually here! This one, however, is a little more personal, but I hope you'll enjoy reading it nonetheless.
I've always struggled with comparing myself to others - and it's amplified every time I log onto social media. I scroll through feeds of "perfect pictures," people living glamorous lives in big cities doing amazing things...and it always makes me feel kind of icky. You know, that feeling where you're like "omg, she's #goals" or "wow...I wish my life looked like that!" Like, if I just had that thing she has, or looked like that, I would be happy!
I deal with this a LOT in blogging. I've been on the other end and receive very nasty messages because people are jealous of my life or my clothes, and it just brings a lot of ugly and negative vibes to my otherwise "happy place" blog. On the other hand, I understand where they're coming from, and feel so sad for them. I know I pick apart myself often, looking for my flaws and shortcomings, constantly comparing myself to those I follow or look up to as well. It's this never-ending competition.
I lose focus quickly and forget that God has a unique plan for my life. He's created me to be ME, and not anyone else. Psalm 139:14 tells us, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." He created us all with a plan in mind (Jeremiah 29:11), and with that, we should focus on being more like Him instead of others (Psalm 105:4).
I stumbled across a video from Sadie Robertson talking about this topic exactly. It's so funny how God will place certain things that you need in the perfect moment! Watch her video below...
Amen! She nailed it. The next time I'm feeling jealous or envious and begin to pick out flaws in myself or others, I'm going to pray and focus on following God's plan for my life instead of worrying about what others are doing. True contentment comes from finding joy in living for God and not acceptance from the world!