With facebook, Pinterest and the millions of bloggers who share their lives with the world it is so easy to start feeling a little less adequate about yourself. It's easy to start feeling like you're not worth much. There are unrealistically beautiful women on TV throwing their perfect bodies and lives in our faces. There are mothers up and down my street who are amazing cooks, whose houses are always clean and whose children are perfect. There are so many ways in which we can compare ourselves. So many women who are "better" than us at just about everything.
So just a few thoughts. Are we comparing our weaknesses to others' strengths? Are we willing to sacrifice for what we want? Silly example, I will never have Carrie Underwoods legs. It's just not gonna happen. I'm not willing to sacrifice the way she does for them. I'm not willing to be a vegetarian, I'm not willing to give up getting ice cream cones with my family. I'm not willing to spend hours in the kitchen and hours at the gym away from what's important to me. My family. So could I have Carrie Underwoods legs? Yeah, I most likely could. Do I want them? Sure. Do I want them more than being a good mother or wife? No. So it's not fair for me to compare my legs to hers. I don't deserve her legs, I haven't done the work to get them. I told you- silly example! I just read her workout routine so it's fresh in my mind!!
We have each been given a set of skills from our Father in Heaven. He has blessed us with unique personalities and abilities. I have been blessed with this unnaturally positive attitude. It's just been there my whole life. I know what I am good at. I also know what I'm not good at. I'm not good at service. I'm naturally a selfish person and it's something I have to work on every day. The important thing is that we recognize what we might need to work on and try to improve ourselves. It's not about comparing ourselves to the neighbor, or the perfect women on TV. That's exactly what Satan wants us to do. He wants us to feel inadequate. He wants us to feel like we don't matter.
But he's wrong.
We do matter. Theodore Roosevelt was inspired when he said, "Comparison is the thief of joy". It doesn't do anything more than make us feel like we don't matter. So let's stop comparing ourselves and start bettering ourselves.