Comparison

Last night I was flipping through Woman's Day magazine. I settled on the "Love Your Body" article.

I was nodding my head in agreement about how we should embrace our bodies and understand where our bad body image came from. The article goes on to talk about how we may see our mothers criticizing their own body and as a child we wonder why our mommas feel that way because we believe they are beautiful. Then we see advertisments that want us to feel bad about ourselves so we will buy their product. To top it off we look to the celebrities as role models.

Bad idea.

They have personal trainers, money to purchase anything to help their appearance and sometimes personal chefs.

We always feel like we fall short.

Like I said, I was agreeing with that part of the article.

Then it goes into the part of the article to boost your body confidence.

The first one....

"Get real about comparisons."

My first thought when I read those words was...stop comparing. However that is not that path this article trotted off on.

Quoting from the magazine...

"Focus on more realisitic women, like your neighbor or other moms at the supermarket, and on the way they take care of themselves. "When you change your comparison standard to one that's more real, you'll find that you measure up a whole lot better than you thought," says Dr. Mintz."

Hold up.

2 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV) reads, "We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare thmselves with themselves, they are not wise.

Who are we to compare ourselves with others? God made us each the way that we are for a purpose. We get so caught up in comparing ourselves with one another that we forget the importance in ourselves through God.

We will never be happy comparing ourselves with one another.

Holley Gerth writes in her book You're Already Amazing a great piece of advice.

"Your story and strengths belong to you. God doesn't compare them (or you) to anyone else, and you don't have to either (p. 48)."

She goes on to mention that we should follow three steps: share, care and prayer. Skip the compare.

Comparing only causes issues in our life. Focus on God and the amazing plans that He has planned specifically for you.

1 comment

  1. This reminded me of a verse I read while doing a book study:

    ...We will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original. Galatians 5:26

    We all need to be reminded of these things often...especially as women! Thanks for sharing!

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