are you living in a world of comparison?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if we didn’t live in a world full of comparison? I mean really, think about it. It’s so hard to imagine a world so simple.

I grew up always looking up to other people. I never had an older sister but boy, did I grow up with an incredible older brother. Straight A’s, good hair, and never seemed to disappoint my parents. EVER. I on the other hand felt like the opposite. I was a little social butterfly always looking for some place to go–something to do. It always felt like I couldn’t measure up. Instead of trying in school, I would try to fit in. I lost my self identity. I forgot who I was in this place of comparison. Due to this feeling I resented him. When it felt like I was failing, it seemed like he was succeeding in everything. In fact; looking back I think I may have resented anyone who seemed to have their life together, and was on the road towards success. This includes my best friend who started pharmacy school, parents, friends that were starting a life of marriage, and friends that were pursuing the Lord with all of their heart.

Maybe you’re also like me and you constantly wonder if you’re doing the right thing. Sometimes I wonder why my roommates or best friends are doing  something different. Am I wrong? What if I am going overboard? I feel like I constantly live in a world of ‘what ifs.’

Stop.

God calls all of us to different things. Be confident in your choices. God is using you in CRAZY ways.

Sisters, we do not have to feel this way–this stuck. Ya see, God created me and He created you so so so so long ago. He made a plan for you and knew EXACTLY how many times you would fail and how many times you would succeed. I think that is so neat. Wanna know why? Because it’s your STORY. I love the idea that my story is so different from my best friends. My story may not reach some people, but somewhere out there, there is a girl who is struggling and feels like she is drowning in a world of not knowing who she is. My story may help her. Who could yours help? She may be right beside you or maybe she lives across the globe.

This world is full of people that are crying for help. I know because I was one of them. Luckily, I have been blessed with so many people that grabbed my hand and whispered sweet truths in my ear. I have girlfriends that have land hands and prayed for me and have sent encouraging texts and emails throughout the day. I also have been blessed with two wonderful parents that never gave up on me. My mama still picks up the phone (almost) every time, and a brother that never judges and has forgiven me for being so hateful and jealous towards him.

My brother always jokes around and says, “I am kind of jealous of you. You have fun stories to tell. Yeah, they got you in trouble..but at least you’re not boring and you can entertain people with your Friday nights.” I may feel the opposite about that but that proves that yeah, I compared myself to his “perfect” life but he was doing the same..it’s not always what you think.

SO STOP.

Stop comparing. You are YOU and that’s so incredible because God made YOU for his purpose. I challenge you to spend some time this week discovering what your purpose is and DO it.

“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.” 2 Corinthians 10:12

xoxo, Allie

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