It happened again tonight! Just when I think I’m at a point where I’m happy with my body, I see a photo or something catches my eye and I start comparing myself and critiquing my body. Sometimes, it will be an image in a magazine or a “fitspiration”-type photo on a website like Instagram. My guess is many of those photos are edited, although some may be actual, unedited photographs. The real problem for me: when it’s a friend or someone I know. I have discovered I am very competitive. Competitiveness can be a good thing, but in the instance where I begin comparing and critiquing myself to someone I know, no good can come of it.

A friend encouraged me with these words, “Stop comparing yourself to others. Just be the best you can be.” I need to focus on my strengths, on the abilities God has given to me.

I love these words author Lysa TerKeurst says repeatedly in Made to Crave, Chapter 7:

“I am a Jesus girl who can step on the scale and see the numbers as an indication of how much my body weighs and not as an indication of my worth.” – Lysa TerKeurst, Author

I am a Jesus girl who finds her worth in knowing I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). God has given me “Cindy-designed” talents, abilities and strengths. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

How can I serve God if I am focused only on myself and my so-called flaws? God has given each us talents and abilities – wouldn’t it be better if I could see others’ strengths, and praise them and encourage them? I have come a long way in fighting the ‘crazy mode’ of comparing myself to others, but it still catches me off guard occasionally. My hope and prayer is that God will use these moments to draw me closer to Him, to depend more on Him for strength, and to accept my body just the way He made it.

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you for being real. I have had that problem in the past of comparing myself to others (and not just in weight either). We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and we all need to accept what God has for us and that we aren’t suppose to be like others. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I loved this post and can relate completely. For me though, it’s usually pictures of myself that catch me off guard. It’s seeing a number on the scale that I only saw when I was pregnant. It’s thinking, “I used to be able to eat that…I used to be able to lose 5 pounds in a week…I used to…” Thank you for sharing so openly. I appreciate this Bible study and the women in it so much. I am grateful God has brought us together to encourage and support one another. God bless you!

  3. Tonya McCoy ~ P31 OBS Small Group Leader

    I think all of us women have fell into that comparison trap. It is so easy to do. I love Lysa’s quote you used. I also LOVE how you said you have Cindy-designed talents, abilities & strengths. I tell myself everyday God made me just how He wanted me so therefore I should be thrilled & I should honor Him in all my actions!

  4. I can so relate to this!! It is so easy to see a picture of someone I know or a “fit” person on the t.v. and think…”Wow, I have a looooong way to go.” When in actuality, maybe I don’t have that long of a way to go. My goal is not to be them, but to be the best version of me. And for me, that may not be found in a washboard flat tummy or a size 4 pair of jeans. The best version of me is found in obedience to the Lord and in the #peace and satisfaction that comes from obedience. I also love what you said about “Cindy-designed” talents. What a great way to look at the way the Lord has equipped us! I have “Lindsay-designed” talents! Thank you! =)

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