Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are. // Brené Brown
Comparison can get in the way of authentic living.
10 Steps to Overcoming Comparison:
Whatever season you find yourself in, confess your feelings of envy and comparison to God and/or a trusted friend.
Surrender the temptation to compare. Lay it down, and ask God to take it from you.
3. Gratitude Check
We all have so much to be grateful for. What are you grateful for? Name it. Own it. Receive it.
4. Speak Truth
Find some verses that speak to your heart and help you fight the lies of the Enemy. Here are a few of my favorites:
The fear of human opinion disables. Trusting in God protects you from that. Proverbs 29:25
In His largeness, nothing gets lost. Psalm 36:5
Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude Col. 4:2
Celebrate the gifts God has given you, and the gifts He's given your sisters in Christ.
We never know the whole story of someone else's life, so it doesn't help to compare our every moment to others' highlight reels.
Be still and pray. Listen. Turn off the phone.
8. Stay in Your Own Lane
Don't look to the left or to the right.
9. Know Your Assignment
God is calling each of us to live our own story. Pay attention to the assignment He is giving you.
10. Build Your Memorial Stones
In Joshua 4, we hear about the retelling of the story of the memorial stones that were laid on the Jordan River. Those stones served a lot of purpose, but one purpose was for God’s people to always remember, and for future generations to know, that God was with them. That God provided. And that He was in control.
God is in control of our story. He is in control of every step we take on the path which He is calling us.
Memorial stones are physical or digital moments that we can come back to, which remind us of God’s goodness and abundance in our life.
Through journaling and marking memorial stone moments, I’m learning that God wants me to seize the season I am in. To embrace whatever He’s called me to.
What is the story God is calling you to live?
A Manifesto for Overcoming Comparison
You are enough. Right now, in this season, in your neediness and despite your emptiness, you’re enough. This season, too, will pass.
Either way, you’re enough. So:
Let’s live authentically.
Let’s cultivate gratitude.
Let’s celebrate life.
Let’s see the best in others.
Let’s protect our hearts.
Let’s seize our seasons.
Let’s live our own story.
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