Why do I do it?

I try so hard not to… and then I go on doing it.

I look at others and I do it.

I look at what I have accumulated and … yep again I am doing it!

I look at what I have achieved in life thus far and yes you guessed it, I am doing it again. I look at my past…. Oh you get what I am saying.

I know it is not productive and yet I go and do it again and again

I compare.

Everything around me, everyday gives me the message that this is ok, like it is a normal thing to do, yet it is hardly ever productive.

Sure comparing at times may be something that can be helpful, however for me, I often come out of it feeling like I have been ‘left short’, ‘not good enough’ or ‘unaccomplished’. Not mindsets that I find helpful or encouraging.

And this morning in my reading, I was reminded again of how destructive it can be for me to do this. The directive, the clarity around how and why this is not helpful for me, how I can never measure up to what ‘someone else’ is.

Why?

Because I am unique, one of kind, my story is one of kind, my life and witness is one of a kind.

Yes, it is good that there is only one me!

But with this I am now feeling more encouraged and inspired to stop and to reflect, but also to be thankful – for all that my life has been, the many lessons learnt and for the many blessings. It is with this encouragement that I believe I will not have the focus to begin the act of comparing again, so that I can be the best ME.

I am not to be someone else, I have to simply be me. After all everyone else is taken!

Yes this will be a daily challenge I know, but I will remind myself daily of what God so gently reminded me of this morning……

Galatians 5:26

That means we are not to compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better or another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

Deb

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"Undaunted" by Christine Caine

A book I will read again!

The story that Christine shares is personal and impacting, full of honesty and openness. I related to so much of what she had to share and was extremely encouraged.

Christine is with no doubt a woman of faith, but it is the way in which she openly shares the journey of faith, including the thoughts of doubt and question and the wonder of how it will all work out that for me was the greatest encouragement.

I often feel like a lesser woman of faith when I begin to doubt, yet what I learnt from this real life story is that is the action which we take that will bring us closer to the purpose we were designed for.

I was also reminded that, from my own dark and depressive experiences, I can be used to empower and equip others; but it takes the desire to not only want change but to hang on tight to it, grip it well and move forward with it every day.

This is my first Christine Caine book, one I picked up from a recommendation, and I am so glad that I did. Christine writes in an easy to read fashion, but I found it was her honesty and humbleness before God that captured me.

I do recommend this book as a great read, but be prepared to be challenged whilst also very encouraged to become someone who is UNDAUNTED!

Deb
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