Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” While we know this to be true, we still engage.
There are plenty of studies that show prolonged use of social media actually causes our personal life satisfaction to decline. You can go ahead and read them all if you really want to but the chances are that you already have first hand experience. However, you’re not going to quit social media. And neither am I. For a very simple reason…
Comparison doesn’t just happen on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. It happens in real life too. *Gasp!* That was a startling revelation, right? Ha! Yeah, right!
Maybe it’s the stress of the holidays or maybe it’s just because I know so many Martha Stewart types but I find I’m more prone to comparison this time of the year. I find that I’m grateful when the holidays are over and I can get back to being myself. As if I can’t be myself during the holidays.
Unfortunately, what is supposed to be a joyous time rarely is. I squander away my joy by comparing myself to everyone else’s best foot forward. If you can relate, here are 5 verses to hold onto — not only to keep your identity firmly grounded but also to keep your holiday joy alive.
- The Creator of Heaven and Earth made you wonderful!
- If all else changes, He still love you.
- Nothing you do (or don’t do) could change His overwhelming love for you.
- You belong to Him & He is yours.
- He is for you.
And when you start to forget how awesome you are or you begin to surrender your joy, go to the place where joy is found with this bonus 6th verse. 🙂 So, let’s straighten our crowns, be ourselves, and remember to Whom we belong.