Saturday, 2 April 2011

Compared to what?

I love comparing myself to others. I have a better computer, house, bike, (insert something here), than you! Saying these things to my friends or enemies gives me a boost in self-esteem. I have something you don't have, I can do something you can't. Only later do I realise that it is only a fake boost, my mind is deceived into thinking I am a better person than them.

Usually however, when I compare myself with others I get more bad results than good ones. They can play guitar, sing, blog, write, design, much better than me. Down goes my self esteem, down goes my attitude. To me, it seems like I am mediocre at lots of things, and have nothing that I am really good at. Unlike others, who are very good at everything!

When I compare myself with others, I usually start worrying. Why am I not good at anything? Why am I so impressed with things that aren't even good compared to others? Spiraling down the worried road, soon finds me at the bottom. Not wanting to do anything, knowing that someone will be better at it anyway. Not a good place to be...

Despite of all this moaning, there is a solution. It is in the title of this post, which is "Compared to what?". You might feel bad compared to others, but in God's eyes you are precious. That just throws your peers' opinion out the window! God, the creator of the universe, the most powerful being, the king of everything, thinks you are precious.

Remember that, and no matter how bad you might feel, how unskilled you might think you are, you can still be joyful, relishing in the fact that their opinion means nothing, compared to that of God's.


  1. Absolutely stunning post! I loved this. You done a perfect job here. I'm so so bad about comparing myself when it comes to looks. I hate it. I'm always trying to be sure that I'm the only one my partner is attracted to & I end up tormenting myself being worried when he constantly reminds me that he only cares for me. But me being the paranoid girl that I am, I still worry. It's awful. Comparing yourself to others is one of the nastiest feelings to have. Not feeling good enough is just the worst. I'm trying to learn to stop comparing myself with others lately & your post was very helpful!

    Thank you for sharing that.

    I hope you have a very beautiful day,

  2. Wonderful post; I saw myself in every word you wrote.

    Sure, I play that same comparison game and it gets me down at times. I've learned to step beyond that self-examination and give myself credit for all that I am. After all, no one can be me like I can!

    Have a great week-end,


  3. Great post! If we only put more effort into realising that we are precious to God!! You are so very right in this. We would have a much better understanding of ourselves!

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  5. Excellent post. It is a good reminder not to compare ourselves to others but to see them and ourselves as God sees us.

    God Bless,