Have you ever noticed that as we navigate the twists and turns of a life that often feels out of our control, it can leave us feeling weak and vulnerable, even less than our fellow humans?
Theodore Roosevelt says “comparison is the thief of joy.” He’s onto something, don’t you think?
What areas in life do you feel like you never measure up to other people?
Do you feel less than as a wife? Less than as a parent? Less than when it comes to the woman you see when you look in the mirror? Maybe even more than when it comes to the size of your waistband?
We allow so many things each day to steal our joy, don’t we?
I believe social media often makes it worse. People share the highlights of their lives online, where the real world of chaos, messy living and insecurity live out in abundance offline.
Let your less than moments become an opportunity for victory!
It’s easy to sit and list the things where we feel less than. It can leave us banged up and defeated, even critical towards ourselves and others.
Let’s flip the dialogue in our head and focus more on the abundance of our daily living!Focus on your victories instead of your defeats! Click To Tweet
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10
Focus on the victories in your life
Did you get tiny humans dressed today? Are they still breathing? Do they have food in their bellies and love in their hearts? Than high five mama, those are VICTORIES. Millions of kids every day walk around feeling hungry and unloved.
Are you living with a roof over your head and the security of a comfy bed to fall into at the end of a long, hard day? Way to go, because millions of people all over the world would kill to be in your shoes and have the security of a building to call home. Who cares if the sofa is a bit ragged or the dishes are piled high in the kitchen sink, or if you rent or own your abode. Rejoice that you have a place to call home!
Do you have a job that provides a paycheck at the end of a long work week or month? Yee haw! Hundreds of thousands of Americans wish they had money to provide for their basic needs. Who cares if you don’t have the best car in the neighborhood or a baby bag with the latest designer label on it. You work hard and have the fruitfulness of a paycheck. Be thankful for what you do have instead of focused on the wants.
I often see this quote pop up in my Facebook news feed and it’s so true:
Every minute you spend wishing you had someone else’s life, is a minute spent wasting yours. – Anonymous
Let’s turn our less than moments of defeat into greater than moments of victory!
We have a mighty God who is greater than our fears, disappointments and feelings of unworthiness and insecurity.
Lean on God, brave warrior. He’s got you in the palm of your hand! So carry on with the busy, beautiful life God has given you. Do it in HIS strength (and maybe a good cup of coffee) to get you through the day!
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13