Make careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Do not compare yourself to others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the best you can with your own life.
Galatians 6: 4-5 ( The message)
Sometimes things just seemed so unfair!! My friends could eat a big cheeseburgers, fries, heaping plates of nachos and fancy desserts all the time and somehow stay slim and trim. I could look at a candy bar, just smell some pizza, or simply bake a cake and gain weight?!?!? Who could understand it all? It all seemed overwhelming, complicated and mostly so UNFAIR!! It made me so MAD! It made me want to give up, TO QUIT! This is, I believe why all my life I have yo-yo’d between 210-260. I got caught up it comparing my self to others. One day I could hear myself say ” It’s just not fair” on another day I would hear myself say “at least I’m not…” Both very dangerous things:: Envy or Pride. Instead of giving up, or settling for less than your best when these things occurred I needed to take my eyes off others and focus ONLY on what the Lord has given me to take care of:: MYSELF! You see, I believe that comparison is the work of the deceiver keeping us from reaching our full potential. Just when I was about to reach a goal of under 200 pounds it would all become way too hard for me & oh so very unfair. I would quickly end up feeling defeated and Quit! I beg you, if this sounds like you, you need to stop this!! Don’t let the deceiver win. Early on in my time at the ranch I learned I needed to take care of myself. I only needed to watch what I was eating, how much I was working out, how much I was or was not losing. If I would just always do my best and focus on Him, I never needed to wonder or worry if it was enough. If I gave my all, 100 percent I had to trust it was good enough. So I stopped comparing myself to others and focus ONLY on what I needed to do and it happened….I met and exceeded every goal I had set. We all need to deal with our insecurities and stop comparing ourselves to those around us. We need to learn to stay true to the course God has set before each one of us….Trust the process. We need to learn to just trust God. I know how simple that sounds yet it is so very difficult to actually do. I believe with all my heart the Lord is in total control. I also believe God plans to use each and every one of us in mighty ways!! His dreams are much bigger than our own (probably why I exceeded everyone of my goals)!! God wants you to be in the best shape possible to accomplish all His plans! God is NOT comparing you to others and you shouldn’t either.
Lord, I start by asking you to forgive me for my jealousies and insecurities. Keep my eyes focused on you and not on others. Help me not to worry about what others look like, have, or do. Help me to not compare myself to them but to place my trust in you. Thank you for valuing me. Please give me the strength I need to become all you have dreamed up, all you desire me to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.