I never noticed I struggled with comparison. Growing up, I didn’t give it much thought as to who was “prettier,” “smarter,” “more popular,” etc. Everyone was friends with everyone and that was that.
Growing up and experiencing the pressures of junior high and high school, comparison started to creep in. Being a teenage girl, we all experience the pressures of society whether that be from friends, TV shows, movies, or anything else that makes you feel like you’re not living up to societal standards.
The society we live in gives unrealistic expectations that make us feel less than, devalued, and insecure at times, and I know we’ve all felt the pressure of these expectations before.
Whenever I’m faced with something, whether it be comparison, pressure, etc., my first thought is to look and see what the Bible has to say about it. And when the topic of comparison comes up, God has some wise words we should all take note of!
Galatians 6:4-5 says, “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.”
Whenever I struggle with comparison, I think back to this verse in Galatians. Let’s break this verse down piece by piece.
“Each one should test their own actions.” Take a look at yourself. How are your actions? Are they aligned with how you want them to be? You and God should be the only two allowed to judge what you do, not under the scrutiny of others!
“Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.” God wants us to have the pride and confidence that he sees in us. We are God’s masterpieces and he wants us to see the beauty in us!
“For each one should carry their own load.” God doesn’t expect us to carry the loads of those around us. He doesn’t want us feeling the weight of others’ expectations or standards. We answer to someone much higher than anyone on this earth, not the friends or people around us!
Another verse in Galatians says this: “Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.” – Galatians 1:10
God didn’t create us to please others. If he did, we would spend our entire lives worrying about what other people think and do.
Once we remember that our purpose is to please God and only God, comparison seems like only a distant worry.
How can you start building your confidence today? Know your worth and recognize who the Lord of your life is!
Be confident, be bold, and be proud of the masterpiece God created you to be.