In a world ruled by social media, it’s very easy for our eyes to veer off of our own paper. We can log into facebook and see someone who recently got engaged or read a tweet about a new promotion, and just like that envy creeps in. In order for us to achieve all of our goals and not be so hard on ourselves, we need to keep our eyes on our own paper!
We need to be forward focus. Taking time to look at others and comparing ourselves does nothing for us, especially if it causes us to question what we can achieve. Comparing ourselves to others has the ability to defeat us. Comparisons can stop us in our tracks and freeze our productivity. Even if we are doing well, we have to make sure we are not comparing ourselves to other, because it can also make us boastful and also overstate what we have really accomplished. You can be doing better than others, but still not where you need or desire to be. We should never measure our success by what others are accomplishing.
And if we do find ourselves scrolling the gram and feeling tinges of envy, we need to take time out to figure out our values and what we really want. Because sometimes those things you see that may cause you to feel bad about yourself are things you don’t even want. For example, there are more ways to financial security than a promotion. Yeah seeing a person get a new job while you are financially struggling may cause you to feel bad, but maybe, if you were honest with yourself, you could see that what you want it to learn how to budget and a side hustle.
Also, don’t forget that social media is not real. Everybody on social media is popping, but that’s not reality. Social media is nothing more than curated snapshots of people’s lives. Rarely do we see people on social media exposing their perfect marriage or life as a farce, and when people do expose everything most of the time everyone watching is wondering why they are putting their business on social media. So, don’t get caught up in what you see. Like the picture, because it’s cute or something amazing happens, but don’t get so caught up in the picture that you can’t see the beauty in your own life. You are not the only person trying to figure things out. And just because a good thing happens to someone else, does not mean that it cannot happen to you. God is not out of the blessing business. We often see things on social media in the completed phase; wrapped up, celebrated, bows on top, the glory. However, we rarely see the building phase; the late nights, the saving, the frustration. You are living a complete and full life with ups and downs, so don’t get caught up in a curated glimpse into some people’s ups.
Remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. The enemy wants nothing more for us than to compare ourselves to each other, and to feel defeated or as if we don’t measure up. Issa lie! Focus on your goals and the God you serve. What others are doing is none of your business.
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 2 Cor 10:12
Be wise. Don’t compare yourself. You are amazing. You are enough. You are doing enough. You have enough.
Remember! You got this, and God’s got you.