Are you doing you?

"For we dar not make ourselves of the number , or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." -2 Corinthians 10:13 KJV

When I was a teenager I had my life all planned out. I was going to college, graduate at 21, become a nurse, marry at 25, have a child by 27, and have my dream house by 30. Well God had and still has different plans at my life. I am 28 with no degree, no husband, no children, and no dream home. At this point in my life I am okay with not having these things. However there was a point when I would get so sad and beat myself up when I saw other people get the things or have the life that I wanted. Every year when it was college graduation time, I would feel worthless because it wasn't me graduating. Or when someone would get married who was either my age or younger, I would be so jealous. I had this song of "it should of been me' playing in my head. I always compared myself to people I was close with. I would get sad when one of them was living better than me. I was happy for them, but inside I was beating myself up. It was like their success was a reminder of my failure. I was the queen of comparing myself to others. Then one day I was exposed to the truth about comparing ourselves to others. My life was and will be forever changed.
In 2 Corinthians 10:12 we are told comparing our lives to other people is not wise. In the Amplified it says that you lack wisdom and act like fools. When I read that scripture I was so convicted. The Holy Spirit was doing open heart surgery on me right in that moment. He revealed to me that I had been comparing myself to other people all of my life and it was time to stop. It was hindering me from being the person God created me to be and living the life he destined for me to live. I meditated on that scripture for weeks until it became a reality in my life.
God does not want us to compare ourselves to other people. He created us all different and we have to be the person he created us to be. In Psalm 139:14 it reminds us of how special we are, it says, "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." God fearfully and wonderfully made us, why waste His time trying to live someone else's life? We miss out on life trying to be like others and trying to keep up with new fad. It's not worth it and it gets tiring. India Arie wrote a song called, "Just Do You" and it's such a powerful song that reminds us to just do you. Here are some of the lyrics:
If you create the game then you create the rules
And if you just be you
There's no way you can lose
There's a story waiting for you to write it
There's a treasure waiting for you to find it
There's a picture waiting for you to paint it
There's a dollar waiting for you to make it
So what'chu waiting on
Who you waiting for
If you don't take a chance you'll never know whats in store
Just do you (somebody's got to be your star)
Just do you (somebody's got to raise the bar)
Just do you (somebody's got to change the game)
Just do you (today)

I realized that I didn't love myself and didn't see myself how God saw me when I was comparing myself to others. God is love and He is the best teacher about love. So let's do less comparing and more loving. We are all in this christian race together moving at different paces. Focus on your race and not someone else's.
Thanks for reading!

"Comparison is the thief of joy." -Teddy Roosevelt

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