[july 7, 2017]

There’s something about being friends with people who are not only pretty on the inside, but breathtaking on the exterior too. It can be soul crushing at times: watching God work radically in their lives, seeing others fall in love with their character and personality as well.

It always made me wonder if having a beautiful soul was enough. Who will want to get to know me if my nose is too big and I have a slightly lazy eye? Who’s life will God change through me if I’m a bit chubby and stutter sometimes?

When I was younger, I used to believe that if I believe in God enough then he’ll make me prettier. I believed this with all of my might and I even took it as proof that my theory was correct when I witnessed my best friend go through puberty. In one summer, she inherited curves and a beautiful smile. Like clockwork, boys came out of nowhere and girls that were equally as exquisite as her soon took my spot as her best friend. But that was okay. She was godly and kind and everything I wanted to be, or so I convinced myself. All I had to do was believe enough.

I’d been believing that up until the summer of 2016, also known as the season of revelations for me. I came to the realization that comparison is deadly. It can kill a soul.

It had been squeezing the life out of mine.

The truth is this:

1] God created us to be different. I am unique on this earth (I know that’s hard to comprehend, seeing as there is over SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE on this earth!!) and you are unique on this earth. Trying to be like someone else, or fit into a group you obviously weren’t meant to fit in will be like trying to force a square peg into a round hole: It just won’t work!

2] Comparison is just not fair, either. For so long I’ve been comparing myself with my friends’ best attributes with my worst ones. When you set up a situation like that, you won’t get good results. When you compare, you set yourself up for failure.

3] Jesus calls the unqualified and makes them qualified through his works. Think of the story of David and Goliath: David was only a kid and Goliath was a GIANT! That didn’t stop David. He killed Goliath despite the fact he was unqualified, which leads me to my next point,

4] God will use you no matter what you look like, no matter your circumstance! If God called you to do something, it will come to pass as long as you obey His Word and trust in Him faithfully! It’s better to realize this now rather than later, so you can begin to do His work!

Jeremiah 1:4-5

The Lord gave me this message: ” I knew you before I formed you in my mothers womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

Meditate on the verse above and make it your mission to remember it whenever the spirit of comparison comes upon you! Tape it to your mirror, or recite it a bunch of times, whatever it takes to remind you!

And whenever your flesh tries to make you feel like you aren’t beautiful enough, remember these 3 quick things!

1] Pray, pray, pray. Prayer is the most powerful action you can take during any situation. The spirit of fear and insecurity are upon you every time you begin to compare yourself to others, so pray!

2] 2 Corinthians 10:12

Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. 

Enough said.

3] Speak only good things about yourself and others. Prophecy is spoken through the lips, and it is powerful! Don’t bring yourself down by saying things that aren’t true.

Remember, honey is sweet 😉

That’s all for today. Stay on His path, beautiful people!

-Ariana

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