Running Your Race

Sister, why are you comparing your life to another woman? Do you know what you are saying to God when you envy, compete, and show jealousy toward another woman’s portion? Just as you would not go into an art gallery critiquing an artist’s work in front of her, why do you constantly critique yourself in the mirror in front of God?

It is so easy to get caught up in the social media frenzy and start looking at another woman’s highlight reel (the good things they highlight through social media) and get discouraged about our lives. We think, “Wow, they have a perfect marriage, a lovely home, beautiful kids, great friends, and an amazing social life,” but the truth of the matter is that no one’s situation is perfect. You don’t know their private struggles. You don’t know what they went through in their marriage. You don’t even know how many miscarriages they may have had.

We must stop envying and showing jealousy toward other women. Let us instead start celebrating and learn to stay focused on the road God has given us to walk. Even if you have to “unfollow” or “unfriend” people on your social media, do it. It’s not healthy nor is it good for your self-worth if you’re constantly comparing your situation to another’s. Sister, you are unique and wonderfully made. If you only knew the freedom we have in Christ. He has called each and every one of us to experience this freedom. We are tailor made in the image of God and, as a member of the body of Christ, each of us represents a unique part of Him. There will never be another like you. He died for you so you could live.

There’s nothing wrong with admiring another woman and looking at the steps she took to get where she is today. But there is everything wrong when you emulate her life and try to be her. Rest, Sister. Life is not a marathon. You do not have to compete with anyone. The only thing you should be comparing your life with is the Word of God and the woman you were yesterday.

 Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, teach me how to appreciate my portion. Give me the ability to run my own race and not be envious or jealous of anyone else’s. Teach me to encourage and uplift other women and not compete or speak any negativity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 Meditation Scripture

“I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all” (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

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Have you ever struggled with comparison? If so, How did you overcome?