The Fountain Day 145: Thief of Joy

Today while walking, I was pondering how comparison is truly the thief of joy…but then I dove deeper and realized that comparison is the thief of many things…

Comparison is the thief of joy.  Confidence.  Peace.  CONTENTMENT.  Family.  Marriage.  Success.  Creativity.  Growth.

When you really think about it, comparison is a game ender.  It literally kills good things.  There isn’t really a time that comparison has helped me in any way…even when comparing made me feel I was doing better than someone else.  “Why?”, you may be asking.  Well, because pride is the fruit of winning in the comparison battle…and pride is the root of many sinful things.  Pride is root killer, honestly.  It goes in and perverts, tangles, and corrupts our root system. 

We have got to stop comparing ourselves to others.  We simply must.

Imagine your life now…without comparison.  What would you do differently?  Where and how would you feel more free?  I would wager that many things would change for all of us. 

As I press into family, more and more, I also am pressing further into eliminating the comparison trap.  To do so, I’ve disconnected from a lot of unhealthy things.  I’ve even had to sweep out my social media followers and those I follow.  If I realize that seeing a certain person’s posts begin to make me feel bad about myself on a consistent basis, then I simply click unfollow and move forward.  I only follow accounts of strangers that make me feel encouraged to embrace this new life we are reaching toward.  Doing these two small actions, is making such a difference in my life.  What I really learned was I don’t owe anyone access to my life.  Access to my family is a privilege, likewise, I am privileged to receive access into lives of those I love.  Since realizing this, I hold all relationships as more sacred.  Which makes all of us feel more valuable.  It’s a win-win.

Have you allowed comparison to steal from you? 

It’s never too late to make changes and take back your joy!

Today is as good a day as any to start cleaning out and re-prioritizing.  I promise it will be ground-breaking. 

God, forgive me for allowing comparison to steal from me.  Forgive me for not always realizing that You are my only gauge in life.  Your thoughts are all that matter.  Please teach me to walk in freedom.  Lead me with Your vision for my life.  I lay down all my fears and embrace Your strength.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.  Galatians 6:4

But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.  1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12