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Cleere Cherry was born and raised in North Carolina, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and recently moved to Shreveport, Louisiana. She is an aspiring writer who believes that with God's help, anything is possible. She hopes her writing will remind you of who you are in Jesus- dearly loved and highly favored. To read more from Cleere, check out her website, Cleerecherry.com

YOUnique > Boring.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 #faith #body image #appreciation #encouragement #creativity #comparison

You know what’s really easy to do?

Compare.

It’s like our natural human reaction to see something and compare it to something else.

You go on a cruise? Well, there aren’t as many all-you-can-eat buffets as the last one.

You put on a baithingsuit and go on the beach?  You look at everyone else’s body wishing your bones were smaller, your hips weren’t so big and claim your body type is a curse.

You get a sales job? You know more about your co-workers leads than you do your own, afraid they might “beat” you.

We compare EVERYTHING.

Our clothes.

Our phones.

Our cars.

Our jobs.

Our families.

Our careers.

Our SAT scores.

Our houses.

Our bodies.

Our potential.

It’s sick, honestly.

Comparison is not the same as competition.

Competition can be healthy and motivating, causing one to push themselves past what their small minds believe they can do and reach new goals.

Healthy competition provides incentive while still allowing us to rejoice in the success of others.

Comparison, on the other hand, is a THEIF of JOY!

Satan LOVES when we compare ourselves to others., because when we do that, we usually target their success as “evil” and everything becomes about who has more, or better, or bigger or taller or whatever it be.

Think about this: Say you are driving a car or a bike.

Instead of focusing on the road ahead, determining which route is best for you and the factors that contribute to your increase/decrease of speed, you decide to look BESIDE you.

And what happens?

You lose direction.

And speed.

And energy.

And motivation.

And belief in yourself.

It does the OPPOSITE of what you think it will do!

God did not make us different from one another so that we could compare ourselves and think about everything we don’t have and everything we aren’t.

He made us all different so that we could realize the power, importance and necessity of being an individual.

Of being unique.

Also, because He is a creative God and if we were all alike, that would be supremely B-O-R-I-N-G.

So, STOP COMPARING YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yes, the exclamation marks are necessary.

You are you.

Appreciate you. Believe in you.

And don’t ever spend more time looking beside you than looking ahead.

Want someone to compete with or compare yourself to? How about the person you were yesterday. Be better than them.

Praying for you, friends! :-)

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” -Galations 1:10

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