Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Comparison: What's the Point?

My life has a lot of flaws. Today I am thankful for a redeeming Savior and His mercy towards me. Social Media does not allow most people to see how flawed I really am. I think that sharing my humanity gives others a real view of the amazing work of God in my life. I wanted to title today's post "What's the Point?" because I don't think there's no virtue in you thinking that my family and I look perfect in our pressed clothes while singing the Hallelujah Chorus all day. The reality is that:
• my husband and I have disagreements;
• my kids' behavior is not perfect (the 1-year-old included);
• I lose my temper often;
• I don't forgive as quickly as I'd like;
• I don't walk in patience as often as I'd like;
• I lose my peace;
• I forget to clean my kids' ears only to be reminded by my sweet Pediatrician that she can't see through the wax;
• I need to do a better job taking care of my house;
• I eat more sugar than I should;
• I could go on and on!

In the midst of real life, I try to focus on the right Person. Here's my inspiration:

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2

Comparison is a weight that easily ensnare us. I have learned as a runner that the less junk I take with me during my runs, the easier the race is. Today I want to encourage you to embrace the race that is set before you without comparing yourself to others. Jesus is the only perfection you need to focus on, everything else is pure illusion.
Now that you know not to put others on a pedestal (especially me!) let us all all run our race together looking to Jesus. There's joy set before us but it's difficult to see it if comparison is restraining your vision.

Action Points:
• Ask yourself: what's the point of comparing myself with ________________? Has it brought me more condemnation than joy?
• Look to Jesus. Can you feel the peace, grace and love He has to offer?
• Think about how much better life is without Comparison. Make a point to life that way today.