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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Testimony Tuesday - Who are we trying to please?

am taking a little commercial break from my Testimony Tuesday series today to talk about a little something on my heart that has just really been bothering me lately..

The struggle with comparison and contentment!  

Us women are the absolute worst about it too!  It is a constant battle with our inner selves sizing ourselves up with the "competition" and it really saddens me to watch!  I see women in a constant struggle over it.  We compare homes and clothes and cars, bank accounts and jobs, pants size, hair, kids and husbands!  We all seem to struggle with it some and it's not fun!  Everyone wants to please everyone else so they can say look at me and how great I appear when I am really struggling with a much deeper problem on the inside.  The never ending cycle of envy becomes so discouraging when you are constantly trying to catch up with and out-do someone else. It's a constant battle that no matter what all you have, you are never going to win.  

Theodore Roosevelt quoted "Comparison is the thief of joy."

We think we have to dress our kids a certain way or sign them up for special events because that's what everyone else's kids are doing.  We have to borrow money that we can't afford so we can appear to have the biggest house and finest car.  We plan elaborate parties and vacations to show off to everyone else because that's what that family did so I must do it too, right?

One of the best ways I have learned to overcome this constant pressure to live up to everyone else's standards is by focusing on who I am striving to please.  Is it God I am looking to please or is it man?  When we start focusing our lives on Christ, only then will we find the peace and contentment we all really want.  I am not there yet, but I am slowly coming closer and closer to being totally content and happy where I am in my life instead of trying to keep up with everyone else's.  The more I focus on what Christ thinks of me and the less of what others think, the easier it becomes.  I encourage you that instead of finding joy in competition, seek joy in Christ.  I promise you will find yourself much happier!        

For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. - Galatians 1:10

But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. - Galatians 6:4

A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones. - Proverbs 14:30

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing intothis world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of allkinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. - I Timothy 6:6-10

But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord. - 2 Corinthians 10:17


 




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