Have you heard the story about the good-looking millionaire who married a plain-looking wife? It was the talk of the town, and as cruelty goes, they were saying, "She isn't up to his standard. Why did he marry her?" (My DH had a neighbor that thought he should have married someone better looking than me) When the millionaire came back from his honeymoon, it looked like he had another woman. The town loud mouth declared, "That's the kind of wife he deserves!" Something interesting. It was the same woman. Her husband encouraged her, built up her self esteem and self confidence and she began to see in herself what he had always seen.
In our comparisons to others, we will always find someone brighter, someone nicer looking, someone more confident, someone with a better job, someone with more money, a bigger house, and on and on and on . . .
Sometimes I have to tell myself, "Stop it! Just stop it!" If I think I am comparably better, I risk the chance of becoming prideful and inconsiderate of those others deemed of lesser value. If I am comparably worse off, I risk becoming discouraged, anxious, fretful and maybe even fearful of "never" measuring up.
I need to look at myself in the mirror (looking past the chin whiskers, wrinkles, and dark circles under the eyes) and speak encouraging words to myself, acknowledge the efforts I am making, and become my own cheerleader!
Instead of making comparisons, I need to ask God for His help in this struggle for a healthier life. I am me. He made me. He knows all my weaknesses and promises strength in all my weakness. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!"
"Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God." PS.42:11; PS. 43:5.
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