Don’t Compare

I’ve been working on my 1001 in 101 post over the weekend & things haven’t flowed the way I thought they should have. I was going to post them Saturday….then Sunday….then Monday…but definitely by Tuesday. But this doesn’t feel right either. 

I know that what I choose to put on my list is not set in stone, but I want the items on my list to mean something to me and even impact those around me. I want my goals to be something I look back on in 1001 days and say “wow, that was incredible”…not a checklist. 

This week I am finding comfort in this quote…..

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…my life
is drastically different than anyone else’s I know, read about in the blog
world, or even those I’ve never even heard of before. My life is MINE and it
has a purpose. My fear of what other’s think is so unrealistic a honestly,
downright demeaning to my character. I have thoughts a certain way for a
reason. I imagine things differently because I AM different. 

I was created
specifically different than every other person in this world. Why don’t I
embrace it?! 

My obsession
with comparison is something of this world & something that I need to give
up. Romans 12:2 states, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be
transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what
is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
It says
it right there renewal of your mind + discernment from God. Not
revelations or examples of others. My mind is transformed by “testing
that you
(I..me) may discern what is good and acceptable“…not
my friends struggle that I learn right from wrong, not my husbands questions
that give ME answers… MY testing. MY discernment from the Lord. He created me
different, speaks to me differently, & loves me differently…why do I
expect my walk to look the same as others?

Maybe I am
rambling, but in this world we spend so much time comparing our physical
attributes, monetary status, or spiritual walk with someone else’s journey that
we have NO insight into. 

Stop that.
You are you & I am me. Let’s be that.

Frankly my dear…Don’t Compare.

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7 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    SUCH a great verse and reminder. Love the quote as well, because when you're surrounded by people – live and in the blogging world, it's hard to NOT compare. Stop that, I will 🙂

  2. Valarie
    January 28, 2014 / 4:23 pm

    Preach it girl! Love this post and thank you for keeping it real. Comparison is something so many girls struggle with and finding our purpose through the Lord is the only way to true joy. Thank you for sharing your heart with us! xoxo

  3. Come on through The Purple Front Door!
    January 28, 2014 / 5:22 pm

    What a powerful post and a great reminder! The quote you chose is wonderful, along the same line, I love "Comparison is the thief of joy"-Theodore RooseveltCheers!

  4. Khala Johnson
    January 28, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    Love that verse, girl! And I absolutely love the quote "Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle." I have to remind myself to do the same exact thing every single day, so you're certainly not alone! Your 1001 is going to be fabulous, and I know you're going to be so proud of yourself once you've completed them all!

  5. Jessi Otey
    January 28, 2014 / 8:31 pm

    Great post Jenni! "Comparison is a brutal attack upon one's self" -Cameron Diaz The Body Book

  6. Luci Kell
    January 29, 2014 / 2:30 am

    Love this post, such a good reminder!!

  7. Jen
    January 29, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    Oh, I love you! I actually wrote a post about the exact same thing {maybe a few years back, I can't remember exactly}. Comparison really became real to me after I became a mom, but oh how I'm so thankful God didn't create us all to be the same! What a boring world this would be! 🙂 One of my most favorite quotes is "Comparison is the thief of joy". And, yes it is! Thanks for sharing your heart!