Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Who We Are In Christ

Finding Freedom From Guilt

"Crystal, it doesn't matter what others think of you. It doesn't matter what others are doing. So long as you are seeking to please the Lord and honor me--that's what matters."

Which is why playing "The Comparison Game" is neither healthy or wise. It only leads to guilt, frustration, and much time wasted. And yet, I think it's something a lot of us women struggle with. We look at other women who seem more accomplished, or more organized, or thinner, or prettier, or better at this or that, or even more Godly, and we start feeling like we don't stack up.

Now granted, there's nothing wrong with being inspired or motivated by others and I'm not advocating that we all seek after mediocrity, but there is great danger in measuring ourselves and our abilities against another. Especially if this causes us to feel discouraged or inadequate.

Our worth is not in how pretty we are, how self-disciplined we are, how well-trained or advanced our children are, how long we've been married, how many children we have, how well we can decorate, how little we spend at the grocery store, or whatever it is that we feel like we might not measure up to another.

All that truly matters is who I am in Christ.

Read Finding Freedom From Guilt in it's entirety here.


Nick Jesch said...

Oh, trust me on this one, but these sorts of thoughts are not restricted to the fairer sex by any means. I believe that, ever since the first talking snake was heeded, we've struggled with our identity in God. And thanks be to Him who has done away with the chasm between Himself and mankind. If only we would learn to walk in this truth we would never compare ourselves again. That is the theory, now for the praxis.....

Evie said...

Hey guys, thanks a lot for this post!

Miss Kelly and Miss Andrea said...

Welcome to the blog Evie. Nice to meet you.