February 10, 2014
in our world of social media and instant access to anyone, it's so easy to compare ourselves to others and for comparison to feel somewhat normal --- "oh, i'm not nearly as successful as that person..." "i wish i had better hair/clothes/furniture..." "how does that person travel ALL the time?! i wish i had more money..." etc and so on. we all do that don't we? i've talked to enough people to know that i'm not alone in this temptation to compare myself to others.
comparison is the quickest way to feel defeated, discouraged, and discontent with who we are as individuals. it's so easy to be so hard on ourselves... to tell ourselves that we're not good enough or talented enough or bold enough or pretty enough..... isn't comparison such a time waster and joy stealer?!
"i will praise You, for i am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well." [psalm 139:14]
we are molded and shaped into such unique human beings - your thoughts, dreams, ambitions, features, memories, interests, talents, gifts, experiences are completely different than mine and are completely custom to you. you are wonderfully, intricately, lovingly made - you are a work of art by the Maker Himself. He spent time forming those eyes and lips and nose that we so frequently want to change. there is no one like you. no one has the gifts and talents that you do. those are specially made and given to you.
"we love because God first loved us." [1 john 4:19]
we are only able to love and accept ourselves when we view ourselves through the lens of God's love. it is only by His love that we'll have victory over comparison and start enjoying the life [and body and house and job and gifts] He's given us!
let's embrace God's love and who we are in Him... you can love YOU because God loved you first.
love you guys so much - in all your beautiful uniqueness.
[also, thanks so much for all the support and love [and patience] on these wallpapers! kelli and i love creating them for you!!]