SHE feels trapped
In April 2016, I attended a women’s conference that would radically change so many aspects of who I was. Over the day and a half day event, I was encouraged by amazing praise and worship, break-out sessions, and Pinterest-inspired decor and photobooths. At the same time, my mind was accumulating snapshot after snapshot of clothes and shoes that I saw other attendees wearing that I knew I just had to have.
“That jacket is amazing...I need that.”
“Stripes with that floral print...why didn’t I think of that?”
“Peep toe sandals with an ankle strap?...I’m going to DSW after this.”
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”
-1 Timothy 6:6-8
I would be lying if I said I was just appreciating the fashion sense that all my fellow attendees had on. But in truth, I wanted exactly what they had. Forget about the fact that I had spent a decent amount of my monthly budget on a shopping spree just the weekend before. Somehow what they had looked way better than the clothes I just hung up, tags and everything!
But it was not just other’s clothes and shoes I coveted. I have openly and privately struggled with the comparison trap. Social media made it worse with the creation of assumed happiness, wealth, and success.
It also was not coincidental that as I grew in my identity in Christ and He revealed talents I did not know I had, that that became open targets for the enemy to try and use against me.
Your website is not as professional-looking.
That post only got 30 likes, did you see hers...she had over 100.
The enemy’s tactics to try and get us to drop our confidence in what God already gave us so we can walk through life empty-handed is quite simple:
Get them to think that what they have is not enough.
The truth is, the enemy only wants what he knows God wants to use. If you can teach and inspire others to accept Christ, the enemy will want you to feel like you have no impact on others. If you enjoy hosting small groups and get togethers at your home to encourage Christian fellowship, the enemy will try to make you feel like your home is not big enough or nice enough. If your business brings God glory, the enemy will try to tell you that someone else is doing better than you and that your business is insignificant to the kingdom.
When did the Devil start caring about Christ’s kingdom? He wants to destroy and any Christ believer that is working to further it.
I pray that I can be completely set free from the comparison trap, but until then I will attempt to fight every single battle against my thoughts that try to shame me into silence and complacency. As the Body of Christ, we are created to be the feet, hands, elbows, or toes that are working in tandem with each other to get His work done. If you are the feet, stop worrying about what the hands are doing, because you weren’t created for that anyway. Take inventory of the things that God has blessed you with and use whatever you’ve been given! You are enough!
What area of your life do you feel defeated by the comparison trap?
What are 2-3 positive things you can say about that area in your life?
What are some ways that God has already used you to further His kingdom?