Measuring Up

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We all fall into the “comparison ~ trap”  from time to time.  It’s not a pretty place to land either.  I’ve fallen many times.  We’ve all been there. Whatever time you put into comparing yourself to others can be a part-time or full-time job. A job that will exhaust you beyond belief and with no benefits!

When we have our eyes and heart set on Jesus, we shouldn’t care what other people think of us, but we do.  I have always been one to worry about what people think of me.  God is healing me from this particular hang-up that I have.

Oh, I slip back into worrying from time to time.  I’ve realized (with God’s help) we flatter ourselves if we think people are sitting around thinking and worrying about our next moves or motives.  And even if they are, who cares!

I like the way Paul in the New Testament saw things…

“It matters very little to me what you think of me, even less where I rank in popular opinion.  I don’t even rank myself.  comparisons in these matters are pointless.”  Paul was not going to allow himself to fall into a “comparison ~ trap”.  We all need to be more like him.

Our society sets us up to automatically compare ourselves with each other.  That’s the way it’s always been, and unfortunately will always be.

“How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.”
Marcus Aurelius

What a miserable way of life, comparing yourself to another.  You’ll have to admit, when you do it, in your mind you never measure up to that other person.  You’re like a hamster in that little wheel that’s going nowhere!  Those little hamsters are so cute and funny spinning away, oblivious to the life around them.  But unless you live in a box with cedar shavings, your life is not meant to be in a hamster’s wheel!

“Comparison is the death of joy.”
Mark Twain

When God’s knows our hearts, nothing else should matter!

“When the Lord makes it clear you’re to follow Him in this new direction, focus fully on Him and refuse to be distracted by comparisons with others.”
Charles R. Swindoll

“Who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart?  And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for?  Isn’t everything you are sheer gifts from God?  So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing?  You already have more access to God than you can handle…you’re sitting on top of the world – at least God’s world.”  1 Corinthians 4: 3,7-8 MSG

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We can be sitting on top of the world, or spinning inside a hamster’s wheel!

The Author

Hey there....so glad you dropped by! My name is Elizabeth Maxwell, but everyone knows me as "Beth." I am the wife to Kevin Maxwell of 35 years. We have 3 grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and our adopted daughter Maria. God laid on our hearts to experience the adoption journey in 2000. Our sweet Maria is special needs and from Bulgaria. God has truly been with us every step of the way on our journey with her. I live in the beautiful foothills state of Tennessee. I love my beautiful Tennessee home. From the foothills to the whippoorwills, God's beauty shines forth here. I love to laugh often. I enjoy old movies, reading books, and I love to sing southern gospel songs, especially the ones with a little bit of country. I love my sweet little job, working with Kindergartners...and yes "kids do say the darndest things!" I am encouraged by God's word and I love to dig into it. I am by no means a scholarly expert, but I do delight in His encouragement for me. I am a friend of God...after all, God's got my back! And not just my back - "He goes before me." (Deuteronomy 31:8) "He's right beside me." (Hebrews 13:5) and, "He surrounds me on every side." (Psalm 125:2) These verses remind me that I am not alone while traveling on this "Journey Called Life!" Won't you travel with me? While on this journey, I may share a recipe, a book, or even a movie or song that I love....but most of all I want to share God's word with you. My prayer is that you will be encouraged, and know that you are not alone on this journey called life!

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