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Stop It! Just Stop It!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

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! emoticon

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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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TATTER3 11/24/2013 7:14PM

    This is excellent!! Keep Sparkin!!!

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MILLISMA 11/24/2013 3:37PM

    A wonderful blog, Barb. emoticon emoticon

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LOVETOLAUGH56 11/24/2013 3:20PM

    Thanks Barb emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 11/24/2013 8:07AM

    sotrue - thanks!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 11/24/2013 3:06AM

    Excellent blog! It is a struggle, for sure, to learn to love ourselves. emoticon

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PMFISH 11/23/2013 8:12PM

    You will not find better hand to put yourself in than God's. To him you are perfect and you need to remember that. Enjoy your weekend.

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GRAMMYEAC 11/23/2013 12:37PM

    What a powerful message!

Thanks for offering this to us all!

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BTRX71 11/23/2013 10:12AM

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EMPRESSAMQ 11/23/2013 9:54AM

    I needed to read this today. Thank you and many blessings.

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EVIE4NOW 11/23/2013 8:40AM

  Great blog with a great moral. Thank you.

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RIDLEYRIDER 11/23/2013 7:51AM

  Thank you for the reminder to see the best in everyone, including ourselves.

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