Run your own race.

 

I heard this quote the other day ” You were born an original, don’t die a copy” – John Mason. Something resonated in me when I heard this.

It is easy for all of us to think we have to be better in order to be a good person. In order to be loved, accepted, sought after. We all want to be a better friend, mother, wife, {lover}, and daughter. And the most common way of deciding we are not measuring up?  Well it’s comparison of course. I’m the first one to put my hand up and say I struggle with this.

Comparison has become an accepted form of self abuse – but we need to stop it, and fast.

We compare our houses, our cars, our size, our shape, our choice in clothing and the list goes on. We even compare our children – as if milestones are the determining factor in what makes a good child and parent. In a less public way we go home and compare our very essence. Things like personalities and nuances. The things that make us who we are.

But by comparing ourselves we are essentially saying that we are not good enough. We are focusing in on the wrong thing. Instead of focusing in on what we were put on this earth to do, we are worrying about all of our shortfalls.

So how do we stop this comparing game – and teach our children a better way of living?

First we need to repent. We need to admit that what we’re doing is wrong – we are calling ourselves  -one of God’s creations -not good enough.

Second – get our heads away from the things that are enabling us to  compare ourselves – tv shows, magazines, social media. Oh social media – is it really that helpful? It can be, but sometimes it’s downright damaging. We decide that we’re not good enough based on a few love hearts people have left for others and a square view of the world. Next time you find yourself comparing to one of those insta celebrities simply ask what’s to the sides of that square shot?

Third – Pray that God will help us to change our language and the way we look at ourselves.

What does God say about us?

He says we were created for such a time as this {Esther 4:14} , we were fearfully and wonderfully made {Psalm 139:14} , and we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works that he has prepared in advance for us to do {Eph 2:10} * ( all paraphrased by me)

God has put us here in order to fulfil his purpose – but how can we do this to the best of our ability if we are constantly looking into our devices  comparing our weaknesses to others best work? We need to be looking into heaven and seeking God and what He says about us – and yes allowing Him to search our hearts and reveal stuff that needs to change, in order to complete our mission here.

So let’s make a stand together to stop comparing ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to die a copy, or a pale imitation of what God had planned for my life. I’m going to run my own race!

 

 

 

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